SEMPORNA, March 8 – Fifty-seven schools in Lahad Datu and Semporna, which were temporarily closed following the intrusion of Sulu gunmen, will be reopened on Monday, said Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
Any decision to extend the closure will depend on advice and security information issued by the National Security Council (NSC), he said.
“If the NSC says it is safe to occupy the schools then we will open them,” he told reporters after presenting contributions to the family of Sergeant Azis Sarikon who was killed during an intrusion in Semporna on March 2.
Mohd Puad said the school session will be replaced to avoid affecting the learning process and added that the ministry had also discussed the prospect of stationing policemen at school premises to ensure the safety of students.
“Parents need not worry about their children once school reopens because security personnel will be stationed at the school,” he said.
The eight schools still closed in Lahad Datu are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tambisan, SK Tanjung Labian, SK Sahabat 16, SK Lok Buani, SK Sahabat 14, SK Cenderawasih, SK Fajar Harapan, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Desa Kencana.
In Semporna, 49 schools remained closed consisting of 40 primary schools and nine secondary schools.
He said they have also discussed with security personnel on providing security to teachers working in risky areas. – Bernama