Despite the government’s efforts in getting Malaysians vaccinated, there are still a group of them who reject the Covid-19 vaccines based on false information.
While schools are scheduled to re-open on 3 October, Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin revealed that there are up to 2,500 teachers who refused to be vaccinated and his Ministry is still engaging them to encourage them to be register for the vaccine.
Meanwhile, he said that the Education Ministry has determined that teachers who refused to be vaccinated will not be allowed to teach face-to-face, in a classroom with their students.
Radzi said that this move was taken as a measure to ensure that the school ecosystem will be safe for students.
“We are taking this step to ensure that parents are confident that the school environment is safe for their children.” he said.
“However, MOE will produce duty guidelines for unvaccinated teachers, and we are in discussion with the Department of Public Service on actions that can be taken against these unvaccinated teachers,” he said, according to Berita Harian.
At the same time, he also explains that the teachers who remained unvaccinated is only a handful when compared to the total of 400,000 teachers in the country.
“Some teachers have rejected the vaccine for medical reasons, however others reject the vaccine due to uncertainty of its efficacy and various other reasons.” Radzi said.
He also assured all parents that every reason given by these teachers will be examined closely, as they requests the cooperation from the State Education Departments or District Education Departments to meet with these teachers and explain the importance of the vaccine.
Every reason given will be examined closely and we request that the State Education Departments or District Education Departments meet with these teachers and explain the importance of the vaccine, as we hope to make the entire school ecosystem safe for our kids.
During the press conference, he said that 85.26% of teachers have completed their vaccinations as of today (3 September), while 96.7% have received at least one dose.
In addition, the support staff including canteen workers, janitors and security staff will be vaccinated before school starts too. Currently, 73.71% of school support staff have been fully vaccinated and 89.43% have received at least one dose of the vaccine jab.
Nonetheless, Radzi stressed that the mechanisms for teaching when schools re-open is yet to be confirmed as of now, due to the various different teaching approaches have surfaced during the National Recovery Programme (NPR).
He also mention that Perlis has been his first stop for the series of engagement sessions with the teachers, with other states to follow.
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