SLIM RIVER: It is important for school leaders to pay attention to issues regarding school building safety and report any issues to the Ministry of Education for immediate action, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
The deputy education minister said this was particularly the case for older buildings that needed extra attention.
He said that with quick action, any untoward incident could be avoided.
He was answering a question about a recent fire in Pedas, Negri Sembilan where 10 hostel rooms and sections of SMKA Datuk Haji Abu Hassan Hj Sail were destroyed.
“The ministry prioritizes health, safety and cleanliness in schools, for the well-being of both students and staff.
“When issues or problems are brought to the Three Important Aspects Committee (Health, Safety and Cleanliness), of which I am the chairman, we take proactive action and find solutions,” he said during the meeting. at a press conference after the groundbreaking ceremony for a new school hall at SMK Slim here yesterday.
The RM394,000 hall is expected to be completed by November.
Dr Mah added that there were many more issues with older buildings to consider, not just those related to the wiring system.
“We are looking at all aspects and trying to find a mechanism to carry out regular checks on these buildings.
“There are more than 10,000 schools under the supervision of the ministry. It’s a great organization,” he added.
Dr Mah added that the problems with old buildings were not just limited to schools, but many other government departments as well.
“But for the schools, it is our responsibility to find the cause and the solution to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again,” added Dr Mah.