KOTA KINABALU: A fire and the discovery of a World War II air bomb caused two primary schools in Kudat to close temporarily.
The closure of SK Karakit on Pulau Banggi and SJK(C) Lok Yuk in Pinangsoo affected 42 teachers and 393 students.
Sabah education director Mistirine Radin said of the number, 29 teachers and 283 pupils were from SK Karakit.
She said a fire broke out and destroyed the school’s administrative building and two blocks of teachers’ quarters yesterday.
“We have sent officials to SK Karakit to check out the situation and ensure teaching and learning activities can commence as soon as possible,” she said when contacted.
Besides the teachers’ quarters, the fire that started at 3.26pm also damaged 81 houses nearby.
A total of 303 affected residents were placed at temporary shelters at SK Karakit, Sekolah Agama Negeri Karakit and Pulau Banggi district office’s rest house.
Meanwhile, SJK(C) Lok Yuk was closed, following the discovery of a World War II bomb near the school yesterday.
Mistirine said police advised the school to be closed, pending an operation to destroy the bomb. — Bernama