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Thursday August 22, 2013 MYT 7:24:22 AM
by sarban singh
Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan visiting one of the injured students, Aida Marini Zulkiefly. With them is school PTA chairman Dr Ruslan Abdullah.
SEREMBAN: Five schoolgirls at a premier school here suffered burns on their hands and arms when a portable gas stove they were about to light exploded.
The students, all in Form Four, were just beginning to fry chicken when the incident happened at 9.45am yesterday.
They were taking part in the school’s Canteen and Entreprenuer’s Day at about 9.45am when the incident occured.
The victims were rushed to Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital by firemen and Civil Defence Department personnel who rushed to the school within minutes of receiving a distress call.
State education director Kalsom Khalid, who visited the school about an hour after the incident, immediately directed the school to stop all activities which required students to use portable gas stoves.
“I have told the teachers to stop all cooking activities until we find out what caused the explosion,” she said.
Kalsom said the department would also review the use of such stoves in schools in the state.
“I will have a meeting with headmasters in the state soon and seek their views on this. I think it is better if students are only allowed to sell food that is already cooked before it is brought to school,” she said, adding that the safety of students was of paramount importance.
She said the department would also wait for a report from the Fire and Rescue Department as well as police on the cause of the explosion.Kalsom later visited the students, who had been temporarily warded for treatment at the hospital.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Johari Ahmad said that although the cause of the explosion was still being investigated, it was believed to have been caused by a gas canister which was improperly secured.
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