Absenteeism is on the rise in schools around the Klang Valley
Besides, as more Covid-19 cases are recorded across the Klang Valley. Parents have begun to take extra precautions by not sending their children to school.
Concerning the spread of the virus sand lax enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Thus, parents are adopting a “wait and see” approach before deciding when to let their children physically attend lessons.
According to parents and families that Malaysiakini spoke to, some classes are now seeing attendance down to half or less than that.
Despite the drop, not all schools appeared to have pivoted to online learning, resulting in working parents having to double up as teachers.
Closure of Schools
SK Bangsar announced it would close for a week after two pupils tested positive for Covid-19 recently. However, schools in the rest of the Klang Valley are seeing a drop in attendance despite not recording any cases.
According to the New Straits Times, a teacher, who wanted to be known only as Fiqa, 30. She said poor student attendance at her school began last week.
“We recorded only 23 per cent student attendance this week. On Wednesday, I only had nine out of 40 students in my class, with five or 10 students in another”.
She said most parents stopped sending their children to school out of fear of students contracting Covid-19. Despite the poor attendance, lessons still continue with students who were present.
“Even if there are only five students, I will teach.”
Teachers are also in regular contact with the parents via text messaging groups to update them on homework and tasks that students need to complete.
Swab Tests for Teachers and Students
Health Ministry staff visited the school on Thursday to administer Covid-19 swab tests on pupils and teachers.
The swab tests involved about 80 pupils from Year Four and Five. This includes 26 teachers identified as close contacts of the two infected pupils.
However, none of the school’s 800 pupils attended yesterday’s morning session.
SK Bangsar Parent-Teacher Association chairman Mohd Yazid Mohd Yasin said it was expected that all 1,800 pupils of the school, including those from the afternoon session. They would stay at home until the situation improves.
He said only administrative staff and teachers who did not need to undergo Covid-19 screenings were allowed on the premises.
“The Health Ministry screened pupils and teachers who were at school yesterday (Thursday). Those who have done the swab test are required to undergo quarantine.
“Today (yesterday), we are expecting more health officials to come and conduct swab tests.
Apart from that, he said pupils and teachers who were screened were required to wear pink wristbands at all times.
“We have also sanitized the school premises,” he said.
Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Education Ministry had the authority to take appropriate action in this matter, following suggestions from the Health Ministry, including deciding to close schools.
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