462,052 students commence schooling in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: A total of 462,052 students commence their school session for this year at 1,074 primary and 222 secondary schools in Sabah.

State Education Director Mistirine Radin said from the total, 32,264 were Year One pupils while 45,883 students were in Form One.

“Another 2,387 primary school pupils are attending the Integrated Special Education Programme (PPKI) while 2,273 are in such secondary schools,” she said.

She added that so far all schools are operating smoothly with monitoring by department officers as well as district education officers.

She said her visit to five schools in Kota Belud found the schools were operating as such usual.

Meanwhile, hundreds of pupils and their parents in Telupid some 200km from here, were shocked and disappointed to find no proper classrooms available on the first day of school.

Some 800 pupils of SK Pekan Telupid had been studying in makeshift classrooms housed under canopies since the roof of a school building block collapsed following a thunderstorm and strong winds in June last year.

A father, Dadie Ismail, said that he found it disappointing that the damaged school block has not been repaired despite the school holidays the past month.

“I thought the repair works would be carried out during the past school break but now, we came back to find that our children still have to go to class under the canopies,” he said.

He said what made it worse was that it rained heavily not long after the pupils arrived in school for the first day of the 2019 session on Jan 2.

Dadie said he hopes the Education Department and the state government would look into this matter immediately. In another district, in the interior areas of Sook, Keningau, a pre-school building was razed to the ground following a fire at about 3pm.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Khatizah Rahaban said in a statement that it was lucky no preschoolers were there during the incident at SK Nandagan.

“The affected building housed 18 pupils but they had all gone home when the fire broke out,” she said.’


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