Pupils all over Brunei go back to school today after an extended 7-day holiday due to the spread of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus which has infected many people all over the world.
As a precautionary move, the Ministry of Education has delayed the start of the second school term by one week. This had been done back in 2006 when the school holidays was also extended by a week due to the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.
Today, pupils can be seen arriving to the school wearing masks to help in preventing the virus from infecting them. The school has also stepped up their efforts by setting up a team of teachers to inspect pupils’ temperature before, during and after school period. Early in the morning, pupils who arrived at school are inspected using the infrared non-contact termoscope which was issued to all schools throughout the country last week. Pupils’ temperature are checked and recorded. If there are any above 38 degrees Celcius, the pupils are either sent home or to the hospital. SRPP’09
.Ministry-issued infrared non-contact thermoscope.