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Reluctance of some teachers to be jabbed affecting school session ‘slightly’, says minister

Radzi Jidin says some of them are the only ones teaching a particular class.

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The reluctance of a group of teachers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at the moment has slightly affected the teaching and learning process in schools, says Education Minister Radzi Jidin.

He said while they numbered only about 2,000 out of some 415,000 teachers in the country, the administration of schools was still affected.

“… the number is very small but as there are some such teachers teaching the same subject, how to teach (the subject)?

“There are also such teachers who are the only ones teaching certain subjects, so these schools will have no teachers for these subjects,” he told reporters after viewing the first day of school at SMK Tunku Kurshiah in Kuala Pilah today.

Radzi said the decision to transfer unvaccinated teachers to other places was not a threat but involved the schools’ administration while the Public Service Department requires civil servants to be vaccinated before Nov 1.

Meanwhile, he said the education ministry is still studying the proposal to change the start of the school session from January to March and making next year’s session a guideline.

He added that the ministry is taking into consideration the engagement with stakeholders including parents and teachers who have given positive feedback including on the managing of examinations during the monsoon season in some states.

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