Yesterday, Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Fuad Zarkashi said the recent floods in Kelantan did not cause major damage to schools, which will have adequate tables and chairs for children returning to classes for the new school session.
He said, there was minimal damage to the schools’ furniture and only toilets need some repairs.
"A large allocation was not needed to repair the damage at the five affected schools which had since re-opened. The most important thing is that the children not faced much problems when they started school,” he said to reporters at Rantau Panjang.
Dr Mohd Fuad said four schools in Kelantan were still closed as floods in their areas had not subsided. Three of the schools are in Tumpat involved SK Simpangan, SM Bantuan Kerajaan Nuru Huda, SK Bendang Pak and SK Bihai, is in Gua Musang.
The latest news in Kota Bahru stated that 4,913 students from 16 schools in Kelantan returned home early at 9am today when the floods struck.
"The department felt to cutt off schooling while seeing the floodwaters rise was the best choice for students to go home than trapped in the flood problems," said State Education Department Director Hussain Awang.
He said, Education Department also instructed the schools to close immediately until the situation returned to normal.
He informed six schools in Pasir Mas were closed. They are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Lubok Setol, Rantau Panjang; SK Bakong, Rantau Panjang; SK Kedondong, Pasir Mas; SK Kampung Baru, Rantau Panjang; Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan (SABK) Al-Fallah, Rantau Panjang and SABK Diniah, Rantau Panjang.
Four schools were closed in Tumpat included SK Bendang Pak Yong; SK Simpangan; SK Chenderong Batu and SABK Nurulhuda.
In Tanah Merah, six schools were closed. They are SK Tebing Tinggi; SK Ladang Kerilla; SMK Ladang Kerilla; SK Sokor; SK Kampung Panjang and SK Kulim.