- School teachers who have not been vaccinated are putting their students at risk, and also that of their fellow teachers.
- Teachers who do not get the vaccination will not be allowed to enjoy the benefits afforded to those who have received the vaccine.
Unvaccinated Teachers Risking The Lives Of Students Says PM Sabri
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia, has urged teachers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the vaccine as soon as possible to safeguard themselves and their students.
Although vaccination is not compulsory for teachers, he believes they are at danger of spreading the disease since they will be in contact with their students when face-to-face teaching and learning sessions (PdP) commence.
“For example, primary school teachers who have not been vaccinated, they are putting their students at risk, and also that of their fellow teachers (of being infected). That is why the Education Ministry is firm.”
“If we are not vaccinated and our presence can endanger others, then we should take the responsibility to protect our colleagues and more importantly, the students,” he added.
The prime minister made the remarks today during the distribution of computers to Bera parliamentary constituency students at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Bera Bandar 32.
Mohammad Rosli Abdul Rahman, the director of education in Pahang, was also present.
According to Ismail Sabri, teachers who do not get the vaccination will not be allowed to enjoy the benefits afforded to those who have received the vaccine, such as inter-state travel.
On the presentation of the IT devices to the students today, Bera Member of Parliament Ismail Sabri said he believed it would assist the students improve in their academics.
“We hope they use the device properly and make full use of it to help them excel in their studies, and now that they have the devices, Internet access is important, and for that, I have instructed parties involved to upgrade (Internet coverage ) in areas where Internet access is unsatisfactory," he added.
Meanwhile, according to Mohammad Rosli, 98% of teachers in Pahang have been vaccinated, and 88% of students aged 12 to 17 have been vaccinated.
He further said that COVID-19 took the lives of 167 Pahang students’ parents.
On the presentation of the IT devices, he said that it targeted 11,052 students in 132 schools, and that 9,429 of them, or 92%, had received theirs so far.
He said that the others will be given theirs in phases.
Kushla Kumari, 15, SMK Bera Bandar 32, stated she would be able to carry out her home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) more easily now that she has her own device.
Otherwise, I’d have to share a smartphone with my two siblings to do PdPR, said the girl, who was accompanied by her mother, R. Kasthuri, 42.
Nor Afiqah Shafinaz Abdullah, 15, of Felda Sebertak, said she would make the most use of the device to assist her studies.