Jerantut – A total of 56 schools in the three flood-hit states, which were badly affected or were turned into evacuation centres, are allowed to postpone the opening of their 2015 school sessions.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who announced this today, said “this involves 34 schools in Pahang, 18 in Perak and four in Kelantan”.
“However, these schools are required to replace these school days on suitable dates later,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting of the Pahang post-flood action plan coordination committee here today.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, also instructed all flood-stricken schools to submit immediately their respective reports on the damaged classroom furniture and textbooks to the district education offices.
He said this is to enable the furniture to be replaced as soon as possible, so that students will feel comfortable in the classroom when schools start next week.
“We have been informed about the damaged school furniture and the need to replace them all, including chairs and tables, as well as textbooks. We will allocate more money to replace those things immediately.
“All repair work or replacement of damaged classroom furniture will also be done immediately in those flood-affected schools.”
On another issue, Muhyiddin said about 82,000 households affected by the floods in several states will each receive RM500 in special aid.
At the same time, he said the government will also give a compassionate payment of RM5,000 to the next-of-kin of victims who lost their lives in the floods.
He said the aid decided at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday is expected to be given as early by next week to registered flood victims.
“Those who did not evacuate but confirmed to be flood victims will also receive the special aid. However, their status must be verified by the respective district offices and social welfare departments.” he added.
Meanwhile, losses from damage to school infrastructure and equipment resulting from floods in Terengganu is estimated at between RM14 million and RM16 million.
State education, science and technology and special functions committee chairman Ghazali Taib said the damage involved 192 schools, which had been submerged in water, as well as schools used as relief centres for three affected districts, namely Kemaman, Hulu Terengganu and Dungun.
“The floods damaged school toilets, office buildings, furniture, textbooks, electrical wiring and electrical items. Most schools experienced this, but the situation is more critical in the three districts.
“However, this is only a preliminary estimate and the actual figure will be included in a detailed report,” he said. – Bernama