As face-to-face school sessions are scheduled to resume on October 3, the Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin noted that out of 400,000 teachers nationwide, there are some 2,500 who refused to take the vaccine for various reasons. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will hold an engagement session with them.
Radzi said those who refuse to be vaccinated will be banned from conducting face-to-face lessons in classrooms and interacting with their students.
Among the reasons people avoid COVID-19 jabs are due to vaccine hesitancy; health concerns, fear of complications and doubt of the efficacy of the vaccine.
“However, MOE will provide guidelines for unvaccinated teachers and we will discuss with the Department of Public Service on actions that can be taken against those who do not want to be inoculated.
“Of the 400,000 teachers in the country, 85.26 percent are fully vaccinated while 96.7 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” he said.
According to the education minister, 73.71 percent of school support personnel such as caterers, cleaners and security guards have completed their vaccinations and 89.35 percent have received at least one dose.
In addition, he highlighted that the teaching mechanisms are yet to be confirmed as the approaches and strategies to teaching have re-fashioned during the pandemic.