School management allowed verification of teachers’ vaccination certificates, says Radzi

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 to ensure that no teacher complied with the circular issued by the Civil Service Department (PSD) which required civil servants to be vaccinated.

“As of today (November 1), schools will verify digital vaccination certificates. We want to know if the teachers tell the truth whether they have been vaccinated or not.

“We don’t want (to have) cases where they claim to have been vaccinated but in reality they haven’t.

“And we will make sure to check teachers’ vaccination certificates to make sure the data we have is accurate and to enable us to take the 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 vaccinated by November 1, otherwise disciplinary action, including dismissal, will be taken against them.

Radzi said this was to ensure that teachers and the Ministry of Education create a safe environment for students at a time when the country still faces the threat of Covid-19.

“You have to understand that teachers are constantly with their students and their parents.

“So it is very important that teachers and the ministry create a safe environment and convince parents that schools are in fact a safe zone. Therefore, it is important for teachers to be vaccinated,” he said.

On another topic, Radzi said a total of 694,531 first, second and third graders and 652,142 third and fourth graders have started attending school in the states and territories under the phase four of the national recovery plan, namely Melaka, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. – Bernama

Jeremy S. McLain