Guards’ duty to protect schools


  • Nation
  • Monday, 07 Jun 2004

JOHOR BARU: The Education Ministry wants all security firms engaged by schools to be responsible towards every aspect of safety in schools. 

Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said security guards should be protecting students and teachers against gangsters so that schools do not become places for recruiting members. 

He said that apart from protecting lives and guarding the compound, guards should also look after school property. 

“The ministry officials will meet up with the security firms involved to study their roles and responsibilities to ensure that no crimes occur in schools. 

“We will also remind the guards that safety does not only mean taking care of the school and students, but also the school’s properties such as computers and projectors,” said Hishammuddin after launching SMK Taman Universiti in Skudai here yesterday. 

On an unrelated matter, the ministry wants all 5,084 computer laboratories, built under three phases, to be completed and fully operational by December.  

Hishammuddin said 573 of the 2,127 laboratories that were undergoing renovation works by the Public Works Department (JKR) under the first phase were expected to be operational in November. 

He said he was confident that JKR would finish the works as the Finance Ministry had approved an additional allocation of RM13.2mil for the purpose.  

To ensure that planning and building of the laboratories went on smoothly, Hishammuddin said JKR would submit a fortnightly report on the progress of the project.  

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