Stringent guidelines for schools

Email Print 21 September 2012 | last updated at 12:34AM

By ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH | elizabeth@nst.com.my 0 comments

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STANDARD PROCEDURE: Extra-curricular activities to be much safer for students, teachers

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong visiting one of the victims injured in an explosion while preparing a barbecue pit at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia yesterday. Bernama pic
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KUALA LUMPUR: STRINGENT guidelines will be introduced in schools when carrying out extra-curricular activities in the light of two recent incidents which caused serious injuries to students.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said several standard operating procedures would be put in place to ensure the safety and security of students are guaranteed during these activities.
“This is especially when the activities involve the use of fire and flammable items,” he said yesterday after visiting three students who were injured in an explosion while preparing a barbecue pit at the SMK Seri Mulia in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, here.
The three — Mohd Azreen Rahim, 16, Mohd Fazli Shah Zulkifli, 17 and Muhammad Ameer Syawal Azanan, 16 — suffered serious injuries after a teacher allegedly poured thinner into the barbecue pit to make the fire stronger on Friday morning.
The three are still warded at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Several others, including the teacher, who taught Living Skills at the school, were scalded and received outpatient treatment.
This is the second such incident reported this year.
On April 4, Haydn St James, 14, suffered severe burns on his body after a teacher allegedly poured turpentine on a campfire during co-curricular activities.
Wee said while the incidents were unforeseen and regrettable, it should serve as an example.
“We should think about how to avoid such incidents,” he said, adding that investigation into the latest case was still ongoing.
He said the three victims were recovering well and all their medical costs would be borne by the ministry.
“We will also work with the school to help Fazli, who is to sit his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination soon, in providing tutoring and other forms of support,” Wee said of the Fifth former who suffered from seven per cent burns to his body.
Ameer’s mother, Suzailee Yusoff, 47, said her son had undergone an operation yesterday to replace the burnt skin on his hands.
The teenager suffered 11 per cent burns to his torso, hands and face.
Azreen, who suffered the worst injuries, 25 per cent burns on his upper body and face, is also said to be recovering well, according to his father, Rahim Tahir.
In a meeting between parents, the school and the State Education Department on Wednesday, the school authorities apologised to the parents over the incident.
The police are conducting investigations, probing to ascertain if there was negligence involved.

Read more: Stringent guidelines for schools – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/stringent-guidelines-for-schools-1.146415#ixzz274NAWz4p

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