PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs have called for education minister Radzi Jidin and his deputies to resign for failing to manage the operation of schools during the pandemic.
The deputy education ministers are Muslimin Yahaya and Dr Mah Hang Soon.
In a joint statement, the Pakatan Harapan education committee and other opposition parties said teachers, parents and students were feeling worried and anxious over the surge in Covid-19 clusters linked to schools.
It added that the reopening of schools in stages was hastily done, without clear instructions or contingency plans in the event positive cases were detected within school grounds.
While it acknowledged that school authorities were ensuring they complied with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the statement said many lacked guidance from the education ministry and were unprepared to switch to online learning when schools were closed.
The statement also said the government had still not distributed the 150,000 laptops promised in the federal budget.
It said the public was angry and unclear on the ministry’s directives and action plans throughout the pandemic, adding that the government lacked transparency.
“Based on this, we represent all PH MPs and other opposition parties in calling for the education minister and his two deputies, who are viewed to have failed in carrying out their expected duties, to immediately step down for the future of the people and our beloved country,” it said.
The statement was signed by Simpang Renggam MP and former education minister Maszlee Malik; DAP’s Teo Nie Ching; PKR’s Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad; Amanah’s Hasan Bahrom; Upko’s Wilfred Madius Tangau; MUDA’s Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman; Pejuang’s Amiruddin Hamzah and Warisan’s Ahmad Hassan.
The health ministry previously recorded 49 active clusters and 2,617 active cases involving the education sector. This was out of the 89 clusters and 4,868 infections detected since the start of the year.