JOHOR BARU, 7 March – The Ministry of Education (MoE) will not wait for the country to reach 100% vaccination coverage for children to scrap the rotation system of face-to-face sessions in primary schools.
Senior Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin said the decision was taken after considering the government’s plan to bring the country into an endemic phase.
“We will discuss with the Ministry of Health (MoH)… (even) if the vaccination rate does not increase, how long do we have to have the rotation system in place?
“When the time comes, we will abandon the rotation system (for schools) with an enrollment of more than 600 students,” he told reporters after a briefing on the commitment of Perikatan Nasional (PN) for the Johor state election here today. .
He said this when asked if the ministry would set a certain target under the National Childhood Immunization Program against Covid-19 (PICKids) to stop the implementation of the rotation system for schools. primaries.
Radzi previously announced that 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in schools with more than 600 students could take classes on a rotational basis for the 2022/2023 academic session which would start on March 21.
In the meantime, he said the Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that more students can attend physical classes as usual and providing them with a safe environment.
“We are working closely with the Ministry of Health to facilitate the process of vaccinating children aged 5 to 11,” he said. — Bernama