Parliamentarian Abdul Haleem says a mechanism should be in place to prevent future school closures.
Speaking during the committee stage debate in Parliament, MP Haleem said schools are fully functioning at present but the coronavirus threat still persists.
He said the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, has been declared a variant of concern and spreading rapidly across the globe.
MP Haleem noted that authorities should be prepared to face the new variant if it enters the country.
He said although students and teachers are vaccinated and schools are fully functioning, COVID cases could be detected in schools.
MP Abdul Haleem said a system should be in place to conduct classes in schools even in the event a COVID case is detected in a specific school.
He therefore requested the government to be prepared for all eventualities beforehand instead of waiting until it enters the system which will cause panic among people.