QuickCheck: Did a school in Sabah forbid student attendance due to the heatwave?

A VIRAL message is making the rounds saying students at SMK Pinggan-Pinggan in Kota Marudu, Sabah, were forbidden to attend school due to the current heatwave.

The message also said the hot weather could cause heatstroke among the students and that the school's cross-country run would be cancelled due to the weather.

Did SMK Pinggan-Pinggan really send out a message forbidding students from attending school due to the high temperatures?



SMK Pinggan-Pinggan says the message being forwarded on WhatsApp is untrue.

"The school has never issued instructions or statements on the matter," the school's administration said on its Facebook page Monday (May 1).

It also said all students must attend school as usual and that the school would act appropriately on any instructions from the Education Ministry.

Earlier, it was reported that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the Cabinet would discuss the need to extend the school holidays due to the excessive heat the country was experiencing.

“I think it (school holiday extension) should be discussed at the Cabinet meeting.

“As chairman of the national disaster committee, we have coordinated efforts with state governments, the Health Ministry and local authorities, not only to monitor but to help those suffering from heatstroke due to climate change,” he told reporters at the Pontian Umno Aidilfitri Open House in Benut here Friday (April 28).

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