Unclear over closure order

Students sitting for the SPM and PMR trial exams yesterday turned up at their respective schools in Klang in spite of being aware of the shutdown order made by the state education department due to the worsening haze. 

SMK La Salle students Muhammad Johari Arazi and Mohd Noorsyafiq Abd Karim, Third and Fifth formers respectively, said they turned up at school because they thought that the exams would still go on. 

“We didn’t know for sure if the trial exams were postponed or not and so we didn’t want to take a chance,” said Mohd Noorsyafiq.  

Both the boys said they were disappointed about the postponement as they had prepared thoroughly for the Bahasa Melayu 1 and 2 papers that they were supposed to sit for yesterday. 

Mohd Noorsyafiq (left) and Muhammad Johari Arazi reading the closure notice put up at the gateof SRK La Salle which is beside their school.

Meanwhile SRK La Salle teachers turned up full force at the school to inform pupils and parents who might turn up of the closure. 

Senior Assistant I Wan Siti Zabedah Aman as well as teachers Komala Valli Selvadurai and Azmi Awang also put up a notice on the gate informing students and parents of the two-day closure. 

According to Wan Siti Zabedah, they were unable to inform the students on Wednesday as the decision on the shut down was made by the education authorities only late that evening. 

“I called up a state education officer last night to find out if the two-day closure was confirmed before informing the teachers at my school to come in for a while in the morning to help tell the pupils and their parents,” she said. 

Parents Andrew Tan and Naomi Lee turned up at the school to ensure that the closure was for real even though they had left their sons Eugene, 12, and David, 10, at home. 

“We heard on television on Wednesday night that schools in Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang would be closed for two days but nothing was mentioned about Klang.  

“However, today’s The Star said that schools in Klang too would be closed, so we came just to be sure,’’ said Andrew.  

A large number of SPM and PMR students from SMK Methodist (ACS) had also turned up at their school to sit for the trialexams. 

School security guard Ramli Ismail was on hand to inform of the closure and postponement of the exams. 

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