QuickCheck: Must all primary school pupils take weekly Covid-19 tests?

A RECENT announcement that primary school pupils will be required to undergo weekly Covid-19 tests was made by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).

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According to Khairy, the weekly tests are part of the new National Testing Strategy, which was recently published by the ministry.

He said one of the things released in the National Testing Strategy is for primary schools, where pupils below the eligible age to receive vaccines must get weekly Covid-19 tests.

“The tests need to be conducted on at least 10% of the pupil population in the school.

“Pupils will take turns taking tests each week, on a rotation basis,” Khairy said on Nov 26.

The weekly testing strategy, he added, was to prevent the emergence of Covid-19 clusters at schools.

The weekly tests began on Dec 1 and will be conducted every Wednesday on schooling days, the Education Ministry said.

The ministry also urged all private primary school institutions that are registered under the ministry to practice the same.

Covid-19 self-test kits have been supplied by the ministry to primary schools under the ministry, it said in a statement on Nov 27, stating that this was to ensure screening efforts can be done in line with the Guidelines for School Management and Operation 3.0




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