RM6 mil for Kemas kindies, child care centres to implement Covid-19 measures

The government is spending RM6 million to prepare Kemas kindergartens and child care centres with anti-Covid measures. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The government is allocating RM6 million to disinfect and prepare equipment at kindergartens and child care centres run by the Department of Community Development (Kemas) as part of measures to fight Covid-19.

Rural Development Minister Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad said a rotation attendance system to ensure only half of the children would be present daily would also be implemented.

“The children will attend classes every other day,” he said after visiting the Bunga Raya Presint 11 kindergarten today.

He said online classes would be conducted for those who are not present.

Latiff said the RM6 million allocation included the cost of disinfecting 520 Kemas child care centres involving 9,575 children, and 10,910 Kemas kindergartens involving 218,177 preschoolers.

It also included the provision for thermometers, disinfectant liquid, face masks and disinfection equipment.

Latiff noted that only 46 out of 113 children registered at Bunga Raya Presint 11 kindergarten were present today.

“Prior to the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in March, the kindergarten had four classes of 28 children each. But now each class has only 15 children,” he added.

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