“Consider online courses after peak of Covid-19 cases”


The National Union of School Leaders has urged the government to consider restoring online classes following the spike in Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Union president Lim Bee Khim said she understood not all schools were equipped to deliver online education, but highlighted the risks students would be exposed to at school.

“If it is a small school with few students, it would be good if all the students returned to class.

“However, if it’s a bigger school with classrooms of 30-40 students, there wouldn’t be much space (for social distancing).

“In such cases, it is better to let students take turns going to school,” she told the daily.

Lim added that running classes or allowing students to go to rotating schools would allay parents’ fears.

Separately, Lim urged parents, who brought their families back to their hometowns for the holidays, to conduct lateral flow tests before allowing their children to return to school.

“This is about keeping everyone safe and preventing the pandemic from dragging on,” she said.

She also urged parents to enroll their children in the Covid-19 National Immunization Program for Children (PICKids).

> A mother in Johor did not recognize her daughter when she returned from Singapore for the first time after two years, China Press reported.

The woman decided to surprise her mother during Chinese New Year by returning home via a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) bus ride. When she returned home, her siblings decided to prank their mother by claiming the woman was one of her brother’s girlfriends.

The mother then continued to sweep the living room floor. When she finally realized the woman sitting in her living room was her daughter, the mother burst into tears and hugged her.

A video of the heartwarming reunion has gone viral online, with many netizens joking that if the woman were away any longer, the mother wouldn’t be able to recognize her at all.

The above articles are compiled from vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). Thus, the stories are grouped according to the respective language/media. When a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate short story.

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