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Upgrade school for safety

Wooden school of SK Unggun Menggatal  Picture by Alex Mairin
Wooden school of SK Unggun Menggatal
Picture by Alex Mairin

KOTA KINABALU – SK Unggun Menggatal needs more classrooms to accommodate the growing number of pupils there.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) requests for help from the relevant authority to improve the school facilities.

This is to ensure conducive study environment for pupils.

Speaking after a fire drill today, PIBG’s President, Kassim Utuduki said the classrooms are overcrowded and there are insufficient facilities for all 558 pupils.

The number of pupils enrolled which lead to many constraints during the fire drill.

“The route is too narrow and it’s almost impossible for us to perform the fire drill session.”

“We are concerned about our children safety in this school and we never know when fire will happen, so I hope the authorities will help us as well as our children,” he said.

Iassim Jamie,41, who is an ex-pupil of the school in 1980 until 1985 said  the school has never been upgraded and the school environment has never changed.

According to Sembulan KK Fire and Rescue Station Head, Deputy Fire Superintendent ( TPgB ) Ordine Gilu the school has limited access and has led to many complications to their team while performing the fire drill rescue training.

“It’s a wooden school and too crowded. The electrical wire has not been replaced with a new one and it’s a major concern as short circuit can happen anytime.  It’s crucial for this school to take action immediately for their pupil’s safety,” he said.

“School authorities must take action right away as the school condition is critical,” said Traffic Enforcement KK, Inspector Fauzi Abdul Kadir who was present during the fire drill demonstration.

The school principal, Jenier Subeh said all six classrooms have reached its space limit to accommodate 50 pupils instead of 30 pupils in each class.

“We have sent application to authorities, last year. We are hoping for their immediate reply,” he said.-By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.



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