Surveying the damage: Khoo (right) talking to some of the school staff while inspecting the damaged computer laboratory.
JOHOR BARU: There will be no lessons for a week for about 200 pupils of SK Kangkar Tebrau near here
following the thunderstorms on Monday that caused their school block to catch fire.
It is understood that the state education department has given the directive for all the affected pupils to take time off until temporary classes are found to house them.
Officials from the department and the school authorities declined to make any statements.
However, Tebrau MP Khoo Soo Seang, who visited the school yesterday, said he had been informed the children affected by the fire had been told to take the week off.
The school has three blocks housing more than 630 pupils. Pupils in the blocks that were not affected by the fire will continue their schooling as usual.
Khoo said those affected by the temporary closure were 106 pupils from Year One, 49 pupils with special education needs and 25 pre-schoolers.
He said besides tables, chairs and writing boards, 42 computers in the computer laboratory were also destroyed. “Fortunately, the pupils were not in the block at the time of the incident,” he told reporters.
Khoo added that the Fire and Rescue Department was still investigating the incident.
“I have raised the matter with the Education Ministry and urged them to take proactive action so that the pupils affected can return to their classes,” he said.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching is expected to visit the school today to announce the ministry’s aid to restore the burnt three-storey block and other assistance to the school.
Meanwhile, Khoo said he would be visiting victims whose homes were damaged due to fire or fallen trees during the thunderstorm.
“I received at least three reports of houses that caught fire due to lighting strikes in Taman Daya and one house was ruined after a tree fell on it at Taman Bunga Ros,” he said, adding that officers from his constituency service centre would also be visiting victims to provide aid.