SUPP wants reopening of schools to be delayed another week

Ting speaking to local media in this file photo.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Sept 29: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) has suggested that the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) delay the reopening of schools in Sarawak for another week.

“We are given to understand that schools’ heads would likely be briefed on the operational and management on tomorrow (Sept 30) by the Sarawak Education Department. After that, the schools would have three days to prepare and do any last-minute adjustments before they reopen on Oct 4, which is next Monday, in line with the announcement made by Senior Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin,” said SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew in a statement today.

“We believe the preparation may be a bit of a rush and therefore we would like to suggest to SDMC to consider delaying the reopening of the schools for a week to allow sufficient time for schools, especially the teachers, to be adequately prepared,” Ting reckoned.

At the moment, the schools are overwhelmed in coordinating with the student’s vaccination programme at various vaccination centres (PPV) throughout Sarawak, he said.

“Therefore, we feel it is better and safer not to rush the reopening of schools and give them more time to prepare to do so,” Ting disclosed.