Covid-19 test compulsory for returning teachers

Sarawak Education director Abang Mat Ali

KUCHING, June 12: Teachers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan are required to undergo the Covid-19 test before returning to work in Sarawak.

The Sarawak Education Department director Abang Mat Ali Abang Masagus, in a circular dated June 11, 2020, informed that the Covid-19 test needed to be done three days before making the journey to Sarawak.

The requirement for entry to Sarawak for teachers was a directive from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“The department has been directed by the Deputy State Secretary cum SDMC deputy chairman to inform all teachers in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan about the special instruction to undergo Covid-19 test before returning to work in Sarawak,” he said.

“As such, all teachers are requested to abide by the instruction as precautionary measures to contain and curb the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong emphasised yesterday (June 11) that all returning teachers and their dependents will need to undergo quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Teachers in urban schools will be quarantined at home while those in rural areas will be placed in hotels with the cost being borne by the state government.

Schools in Sarawak will be reopened in phases starting June 24 following an announcement from the Ministry of Education.

As such, students sitting for public and international exams including SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM will be returning to classes.

In Sarawak, this will involve 34,306 Form Five students and 6,782 Upper Six students in 188 secondary schools including Sekolah Agama, Technical Schools and Vocational Colleges.—DayakDaily