Preschool Resumption Off To A Good Start

Mistirine speaks to reporters after an inspection at SK Buang Sayang preschool.

By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: An 80 per cent turnout was reported on the first day of public and private preschool reopening in Sabah.

Education Director Dr Mistirine Radin said inspections by department officers at 1,291 preschools across the state found that the first day of learning sessions went well.

“Some parents may still be worried about their children’s health in school, but it is assured that all teachers are complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been set out,” she said after an inspection at the SK Buang Sayang preschool here.

Mistirine measures the distance between the students’ tables with a measuring tape.

“However, a total of 18 preschools affected by the recent floods have yet to reopen as they are still in the process of cleaning up, including nine schools in Papar.”

According to Mistirine, a total of 886 public preschools involving 29,989 students and 1,326 teachers as well as 405 private preschools with 24,081 students and 1,326 teachers reopened today.

Meanwhile, SK Buang Sayang headmaster Basnih Maidin disclosed that a briefing on the SOPs set out by the school and the Education Ministry had been held for parents a week before class resumed.

Mistirine and Basnih inspecting the students in one of the classrooms during a teaching and learning session.

“Initially, many parents voiced out their concern over sending their children to school but they decided to do so as they fully comprehended the SOPs during the briefing.

“Today, we saw a100 per cent attendance for six-year-old students, but some five-year-olds were absent. Perhaps some of the parents are still worried.”

He assured that students will be monitored at all times to ensure they observe social distancing and practice personal hygiene.

He said amenities such as soap in every sink as well as hand sanitiser and antiseptic will be provided by the school.