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Kelantan parents happy to send children back to school but worry about Omicron

KOTA BARU: Parents in Kelantan, whose children started schooling today, are grateful that their children finally resumed their studies.

However, many expressed concern over the number of daily Covid-19 cases in the state which was still high and also the existence of new Omicron variant.

Adila Sharini Wahid said her three sons started schooling today at SK Datuk Hashim l.

"Of course, my children are happy to be back to school again after almost two years at home.

"They are so excited but I am more worried about the Covid-19 situation in the state. Hopefully, they will be fine," said the 35-year-old housewife from Padang Tembak.

Adila's sons are studying at Year Six, Three and One at the school.

Another parent Siti Idayu Razali hoped that her two sons who are in Years One and Two at a primary school in Bachok will be safe.

"I have told them not to take off their face masks and always practise physical distancing between them and their friends.

"I do not want them to be affected by the virus as they have yet to be vaccinated," said the 38-year-old mother of three.

Meanwhile, checks at several primary schools in Kota Baru showed that the first day of the third term of the 2021/2022 went on smoothly.

Parents as well as teachers were spotted following Covid-19 standard operating procedures strictly.

Schools in Group A states opened today, while schools in Group B states will resume classes tomorrow.

Group A covers Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, while Group B comprises Selangor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

The term was initially scheduled to start on Jan 2 for schools in Group A states and Jan 3 for those in Group B states but was postponed over the country's current flood situation.

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