Ever since school has started for Malaysian students, many parents are lamenting over the cost of facemasks needed for their children in order to attend school everyday.
Well, parents can heave a sigh of relief as the government has announced that students can now wear reusable face shields instead.
Cost saving measure
According to the New Straits Times, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that upon discussions with the Health Ministry, they have agreed to allow primary school students to wear face shields in school.
The decision was made to ease the financial burden of families who had to fork out money for daily-use facemasks.
"I had suggested that we allow face shields for school children, especially those at primary levels, such as in China. Alhamdullilah, after discussing it today, the ministry agreed to allow children under 12 to use the face shield. It will be better if they have the face shield on in addition to wearing the face masks.”
"However, the face shield itself serves as a protection. This is to assist pupils from poor families as I was told that it is priced between RM3 and RM5 and it can be reused for months," he said during a press conference at the Parliament today.
The ministry is expected to come up with a guideline on how to effectively clean the face shields soon.
Our battle against COVID-19 is far from over, so always remember to wear a facemask, practise social distancing, and frequently sanitise or wash your hands.