Published on: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: All school headmasters and principals in Sabah have been directed to conduct thorough inspection inside and outside their school compounds for safety threats that could harm school children.
State Education Director Datuk Jame Alip, who made the call, said they must check those areas that are often patronised by their students while waiting for school buses or their parents to fetch and drop them.
"I have instructed all the district education officers in the State to convey this directive to all the school headmasters and principals to do the required inspections.
"If they spot any areas inside the school compound that could possibly pose danger and harm the students, then they must take immediate action.
"But if they identify any structure or areas outside the school compound, then they must work together with their concerned Parents and Teachers Association (PTAs) in order to get full cooperation from relevant authorities to rectify any problems for the safety of students," he said.
Jame said this to reporters after visiting 10-year-old Huguan Isaac Linus, who survived a long metal bar piercing through his right cheek, at the Sabah Women and Children's Hospital in Likas, Tuesday.
He said engagement between the PTAs and local authorities has to be enhanced for the safety needs of the children.
On the incident that happened to the SK Sacred Heart pupil, Jame said the incident was unexpected.
He hoped management of the primary school would ensure Huguan's welfare needs are catered to.