NILAI, Oct 8 – The Education Ministry has assured all candidates in flood affected schools in Sabah will resit the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examinations Thursday. Education director-general Datuk Dr. Khair Mohamad Yusof said according to reports, three schools in Penampang, namely Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Terian, SK Buayan and SK Longkogongon were cut off by floods which hit the state yesterday.
“Following that, the examination papers and six personnel will be sent using a Sabah Air Aviation helicopter to the examination centres at SK Terian with five candidates, SK Buayan (seven candidates) and SK Longkogongon (one candidate). “All 13 candidates will pass the night at a school hostel under the supervision of three teachers,” he told a media conference after inspecting preparations for the UPRS resit tomorrow at four primary schools in Nilai near here today.
He said the candidates would sit for the examination at their respective schools and the examination halls for the three schools have been moved a higher floor to avoid floods. Meanwhile, he said Pulau Banggi, Sabah was not affected by flood but was hit by big waves. “However, this morning, we managed to send the examination papers with the assistance of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA),” he said.
Khair said there were six schools in Pulau Banggi, namely SK Semayan, SK Pulau Tigabu, SK Balambangan, SK Dogoton, SK Tanjung Manawali and SK Kapitangan. “Hopefully the UPSR examination resit will proceed smoothly as scheduled despite floods in Sabah,” he said. On the readiness of students, teachers and schools for the resit of the Mathematics and Tamil Language papers tomorrow, Khair said overall he was satisfied with the preparations.