Parents question decision to re-introduce sports, extra-curricular activities next month

Parents are unhappy that a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) for sports and co-curricular activities in schools will only be released on the day it begins.

They are supposed to give written consent to the school to allow their children to take part in the activities.

Father of three Irwan Abdul Rahman was even more direct, saying there is no way he would allow his children to take part in such activities.

“We don’t know enough about this virus to take unnecessary risks. Just this week we’re hearing about a new strain that’s 10 times more spreadable and deadly.

“Countries that have declared victories before are back to imposing lockdowns due to new case resurgence,” said Irwan from Shah Alam.

“I don’t see any urgency to start these activities. There is no pressing need. Why can’t we wait until a vaccine is available? The world is at war. Life cannot be normal until the war is really over.

“Some things we can ‘wing it’, play it by ear – not kids’ lives,” he added.

S.Rizal from Taman Tun Dr Ismail, a father of two, is perplexed that the detailed SOP would only be released on Sept 1.

“How are we supposed to give consent when we don’t know what the full SOP would be like?” he asked.

“The SOP announced today includes a capacity limit for showers and changing rooms and physical distancing of one to three metres for static activities and three to five metres for dynamic activities.

“What does that even mean and will students be penalised if they don’t participate in extra-curricular activities?

“Weren’t we promised only 17 children per classroom when school reopened? But now, most schools have 30-40 kids in each classroom.

“What guarantees are there that the SOP will be adhered to?”

Lily Haslinda Rusli from Kajang is undecided what to do next as her son loves sports but with no vaccine in sight, she feels it is not the right time to resume such activities.

“The number of cases is not going down so I am quite worried,” she said.

“If the numbers were under control, I might consider allowing him to take part in the activities.

“Of course, once a vaccine is found, I won’t stop him.”

She asked: “Why rush to do this? It doesn’t make sense. I understand opening up businesses as we need to get the economy going but why endanger children’s lives?”

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