By Chew Lip Song
SCHOOLS in Sarawak’s Covid-19 red zones will remain closed until March 14, as the state struggles to contain a spike in cases following the Chinese New Year holidays.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) yesterday (26 Feb) announced that schools in Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Meradong, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Subis and Miri, which are scheduled to open on March 1, will remain closed for another two weeks.
The decision was based on the advice of the the Sarawak Health Department and the Education Ministry.
“This decision was made after taking into consideration the capacity of the health system in the affected areas,” the committee said.
The SDMC also announced that a committee under the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Research and the Sarawak Education Department would be set up to ensure that schools run smoothly and safely.
The Education Ministry had announced that schools would resume face-to-face lessons in stages from March 1. But Sarawak has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases, with a record 353 reported on Feb 24.
Officials have attributed this partly to gatherings over the Chinese New Year period.
Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang had earlier called on the Education Ministry to allow online classes to continue in the State, except for Covid-19 green zones where face-to-face lessons are allowed.