The Deputy Education Minister, Wong Kah Woh, has affirmed that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) introduced by the Ministry of Education in April last year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools and educational institutions remains in effect. This statement comes in response to the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases. Wong Kah Woh emphasized the continued relevance and applicability of the established protocols, underscoring the importance of adhering to the SOP to ensure the safety of students and staff within educational settings.
Wong highlighted that the prescribed SOP entails promoting the regular use of face masks among both teachers and students. Furthermore, school staff members are required to conduct self-tests if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19. Emphasizing the significance of personal hygiene, individuals are advised to consistently uphold and maintain high standards of cleanliness as outlined in the established guidelines.
“However, we know the issue of COVID-19 may change from time to time, and the MOE will always discuss and collaborate with the Ministry Of Health(MOH) regarding our methods or SOP, to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he stated.
In a statement on December 29, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad assured the public that the prevailing COVID-19 situation is well-managed, noting that the majority of reported cases exhibit mild symptoms and do not necessitate hospitalization. Additionally, he confirmed that there is no evidence of any new variants of the virus detected within the country.
Addressing concerns about potential school closures due to the spread of COVID-19, Deputy Education Minister Wong explained that the Ministry of Education (MOE) adopts a cautious approach. Each reported case in schools will be carefully assessed, and the MOE will collaborate with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to determine the appropriate course of action. Wong emphasized that decisions regarding school closures will be contingent on the severity of the situation, ensuring a measured and informed response to mitigate any potential risks within the educational institutions.
He mentioned that the details concerning the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) would be concluded following deliberations with the Ministry of Health (MOH). This is because the MOH is consistently monitoring the situation since the reopening of schools on January 2nd, ensuring that any necessary adjustments to the SOP are made in accordance with the evolving circumstances.