MELAKA (Bernama): School administrators have the power to inspect a teacher’s vaccination certificate as of Monday, November 1, Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said.
He said the move was intended to ensure that no teacher would fail the circular issued by the Civil Service Department (PSD) which required officials to be vaccinated.
“Starting today (November 1), schools will verify digital vaccination certificates. We want to know if teachers are telling the truth whether they have been vaccinated or not.
“We don’t want (to have) a case where they claim to have been vaccinated but actually weren’t.
“And we will make sure to check teachers’ vaccination certificates to make sure the data we have is accurate and to allow us to take necessary action,” he told reporters after an engagement session at Sekolah. Kebangsaan Ayer Molek here on Monday.
In a recent circular, the PSD said it was mandatory for all civil servants, including teachers, to be fully immunized by November 1, otherwise disciplinary action, including dismissal, will be taken against them.
Radzi said this was to ensure that teachers and the Department of Education create a safe environment for students at a time when the country still faces the threat of Covid-19.
“We need to understand that teachers are constantly with their students and parents.
“So it is very important for teachers and the ministry to create a safe environment and to convince parents that schools are indeed a safe place. Therefore, it is important that teachers are vaccinated, ”he said.
On another issue, Radzi said a total of 694,531 students in first, second and third grades and 652,142 students in third and fourth grades have started attending school in the states and territories as part of the phase four of the national stimulus plan, namely Melaka, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. – Bernama