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Netizens raise concern over parents crowding outside schools

PKP 3.0 in the making?

Preschool and primary school students have resumed classes on Monday after months of studying from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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According to photos circulating on the Internet, some schools in the Klang Valley have seen a sea of parents crowding at the gate while waiting for their children to come out.

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Twitter user @Adibleesimmons shared two photos of massive crowds outside a school gate with the caption: “Please don’t let MCO 3.0 happen.”

As you can see from the photos, none of the parents practised social distancing and was (literally) rubbing shoulders with each other. Netizens were rather concerned over this situation after the photos went viral.

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Netizens raise concern over parents crowding outside schools
(Photo from Oriental Daily News)

According to Oriental Daily News, these photos raised doubts over whether parents were capable of complying with the SOPs laid out by the authorities.

Current SOPs state that Standard One students must attend school without the company of their parents in order to adapt to the new environment and prevent overcrowding. This has caused many parents to be worried and gather outside to make sure their children were alright.

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Former Prime Minister Najib Razak shared his thoughts on the matter on his Facebook profile:

“I understand how parents are excited about schools reopening, especially those with children going to primary school for the first time. But during this current pandemic season, worries will also arise.”

Najib urged parents to be an exemplary model to the younger people and gave several suggestions to the authorities on how to deal with similar situations.

You can read the full post here:

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Sources: (Oriental Daily News, Twitter @Adibleesimmons &Facebook/ Najib Razak)

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