Teachers under the education ministry who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 without valid reason should not blame the government for any disciplinary action that may be taken against them, says Deputy Education Minister II Mohamad Alamin.
He said action will be taken on Nov 1 as teachers, as civil servants, are subject to the regulations issued by the Public Service Department that make full Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all staff by that date.
According to him, there are still around 2,000 teachers who have yet to receive their vaccination.
“I therefore urge the teachers to come forward and be vaccinated before returning to school. Don’t blame the ministry and the government if disciplinary action is taken against them.
“This is not a punishment or warning but for the safety of students. Don’t let parents worry about the safety of their children at school. Teachers have a great responsibility to convince the public that schools are safe places,” he told reporters after visiting the teachers’ quarters at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Palong 7 today.
Mohamad also said that district education offices throughout the country need to play their part in resolving the issue of dilapidated teachers’ quarters to ensure the well-being of the teachers who live there.