Parents at Jitra School Demand Transfer of Unvaccinated Teacher

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KUBANG PASU: More than 50 parents and guardians of pupils from a school in Bandar Darulaman, Jitra, have voiced their concern over why an unvaccinated teacher is still allowed to continue her duties in the school.

They claimed that while the teacher has officially been barred from teaching and is now based at the school’s surau, pupils have reported that the teacher, who had refused the Covid-19 vaccine, is still allowed to walk around the school grounds.

The school has around 1,000 pupils from Standard One to Six.

The group of parents yesterday lodged a police report at the Kubang Pasu district police headquarters and also submitted a memorandum to the school headmaster to demand that action to be taken.

One of the parents, Mohd Hasbi Fadil, 44, said they had highlighted the matter to the school’s Parents-Teachers Association last week but to no avail.

This, they said, compelled them to submit a memorandum to the school and demand that the teacher is transferred elsewhere for the sake of their children’s safety.

“When entering any premises, we are only allowed in if we are fully-vaccinated. Here, the teacher is allowed to enter even though she is not vaccinated.

“This goes against the standard operating procedure (SOP). We are worried of a Covid-19 outbreak if she still refuses to get vaccinated and still remains in the school,” he said when met during a protest in front of the school today.

He said the parents are hoping that the district and state education departments will take the necessary action to address their concerns.

Mohd Hasbi also claimed that based on information gleaned, other teachers have had to take over her duties due to her refusal to get vaccinated, thus adding on the workload for others.

“We hope that swift action can be taken. Just transfer her elsewhere so that our children can study here safely,” he said.

Another parent, Mohd Huzaini Ahmad, 44, said he does not feel safe for his two children, aged eight and 12, if the situation remains unchanged.

Meanwhile, the state Education Department, in a statement, said it has prepared a report and will refer the matter to the Education Ministry for further action.

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