Tuesday March 12, 2013
Lahad Datu: Schools in Lahad Datu and Semporna reopen
LAHAD DATU: Fifty-four schools five in Lahad Datu and 49 in Semporna have been reopened after police deemed the situation in the area to be safe and under control.
The five schools in Lahad Datu are Sekolah Kebangsaan Tambisan, SK Sahabat 16, SK Sahabat 4, SK Cenderawasih and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Desa Kencana.
Lahad Datu Police Chief Supt Shamsuddin Mat said that three schools in the district remained closed yesterday because they are in the red zone.
They are SK Lok Buani, SK Fajar Harapan and SK Tanjung Labian.
According to Bernama, attendance was low, with many parents unaware that the schools had reopened.
At SK Sahabat 4, about 80 pupils and 10 teachers turned up for lessons.
Senior assistant Mohamad Ostad Ulang said the school had 373 pupils and 29 teachers.
The situation was similar in Semporna, where only 200 pupils attended the morning session at Sekolah Kebangsaan Simunul.
Headmistress Sarudah Arun said the school, which has morning and afternoon sessions, has 1,321 pupils.
The schools were closed on March 4 after an ambush in Kampung Simunul on March 2 killed six policemen and six Sulu intruders.