KOTA KINABALU: Five out of 12 primary schools hit by flash floods have remained closed as state Education Department officials assess the damage.
Sabah Education department director Datuk Jame Alip yesterday said four of the five schools with 512 pupils should begin classes by tomorrow but expected SK Bawang in Tamparuli to remain closed for a while longer as one of its wooden blocks was damaged by mudslides.
“We are considering putting up pre-fabricated cabins as a temporary measure,’’ he said, adding that the
school still had another block which might be able to cater to the 124 students temporarily.
However, he said that the Public Works Department had advised them that the location of the current SK Bawang was not safe in view of its hillside location.
He added that his department would propose to move it to a new location as a long-term solution.
He said all affected schools had been asked to hold additional classes to replace days missed.
Some 11 primary schools with about 2,000 pupils in Tuaran, Kota Belud, Sipitang and Kota Kinabalu were closed yesterday after incessant rains wreaked havoc in several parts of the state and triggering three landslips along rural roads.
Flood waters receded late yesterday and PWD contractors cleared roads made unpassable by landslips, fallen boulders and trees.
The latest round of flooding has triggered calls for the state government to set up a flood mitigation task force to study ways to resolve the problem.