El Nino: 50,492 Students Affected By Closure Of Schools In Temerloh, Jerantut

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KUANTAN, April 11 – The directive to close schools due to the hot weather in the districts of Temerloh and Jerantut Monday involved 50,492 students, said State Education Department director Datuk Rosdi Ismail. He said 155 schools comprising 38 secondary schools and 117 primary schools were ordered closed.

“Therefore, there were a total of 13,476 secondary school students and 18,401 primary school pupils are affected in Temerloh. While in Jerantut, 7,401 students are affected from secondary schools and 11,214 from primary schools,” he told the reporters here.

Yesterday, the Education Ministry via a media statement, ordered all schools in the two districts to be closed for a day after the temperature readings in the two areas exceeded 37 degrees Celcius due to the El Nino phenomenon. Also ordered closed were schools in Perlis which had been closed thrice since the country was hit by the hot and dry weather a few months ago.

However, the directive to close only involve the absence of the students as a health measure and the school days missed do not have to be replaced. Meanwhile, the administrative operations of the schools such as meetings, planning of teaching and learning activities and other routine tasks, which do not involve students, go on as usual.

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