Wednesday January 2, 2013
Wet first day for Year One pupils in Pasir Mas
PASIR MAS: It was a wet first day of school for 77 Year One pupils of SK Othman Talib 2 here.
An indefinite “extended school holiday” has also been given to other schoolchildren in 11 primary schools in Kelantan due to floods over the past week.
Parents had to ferry their children to school and spend time with them in heavy rain, waterlogged roads and traffic congestion.
Abdul Rahman Mohamad, 54, and his seven-year-old son Mohamad Kaholidy had to contend with the bad weather and flooded roads on their way to school.
“I have to accompany my son as he is obviously quite nervous coming to classes for the first time. Although we arrived late due to the heavy traffic, at least we made it safely. Many other parents also came late,” he said.
Abdul Rahman, who is self-employed, said the weather was fine at the same time last year when he sent four of his children to classes during the first day of school.
The school received 120 Year One pupils last year.
Meanwhile, Kelantan education director Hussin Awang said 11 primary schools in the state would remain closed due to floods and would reopen for the new school session at a later date.
He added that nine of the schools were in Rantau Panjang and two in Gua Musang.
“They were cut off as the roads leading to the schools were inundated. A total of 5,030 affected pupils would be notified on the new date of the school session when the flood situation improves,” he added.