Ministry of Education says it is ready for a contingency plan in the event of a rise in Covid-19 cases and flu-like illnesses

Senior Education Minister Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the Ministry of Education must hold prior discussions and seek advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH) before making a decision. — Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 4:08 PM MYT

PUTRAJAYA, 19th July – The Ministry of Education (MOE) is ready to relaunch the contingency plan for school children if the rise in Covid-19 infection and Influenza-like illness (ILI) cases gets out of control.

However, Senior Education Minister Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the MOE must hold prior discussions and seek advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH) before making a decision.

“What is most important is that every protocol established by the Ministry of Health must be followed, the Ministry of Education will discuss with the Ministry of Health the approach to be taken (to curb the spread of the infection).

We have always been in discussions just to make sure, even if there is only a slight increase in Covid-19 and flu cases, ”he told reporters after the launch of the Tunas. Malaysia League at the Taman Pancarona Mini Stadium, here today.

Also present was the Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

He said this when asked about the MOE’s efforts to ensure that cases of Covid-19 and flu do not spread among students who are present at school for teaching sessions. and face-to-face learning.

Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday informed that during the 28th Epidemiology Week (ME 28/2022) from July 10 to 16, Covid-19 cases increased by 23 .4% while cases of ILI and severe acute respiratory infection increased. by 8.5 percent.

Meanwhile, on the Tuna League organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Radzi said it was a platform to identify new talents among school children.

“This inaugural program is a school-level football competition where eight top teams from each district will compete and they will continue to compete at the national level,” he said, adding that the program was also part of the One policy. Student One Sport launched by the MOE. . — Bernama