‘Iden­tify high-risk schools’

New Straits Times - - News / Story Of The Day -

KUALA LUMPUR: Scru­tiny on re­li­gious schools which do not come un­der the purview of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has be­gun.

This fol­lows the Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah Tah­fiz fire which claimed the lives of 21 stu­dents and two teach­ers.

Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar, while con­vey­ing his con­do­lences to vic­tims’ fam­i­lies, is­sued a decree yes­ter­day for the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment to iden­tify schools in the state that were ex­posed to the risk of fire.

“All build­ing by-laws must be strictly com­plied with. Lo­cal author­i­ties must take ac­tion and close down any premises found op­er­at­ing il­le­gally.

“It is es­pe­cially im­por­tant that school build­ings, in­clud­ing pri­vately-run tah­fiz schools, meet full safety stan­dards,” Sul­tan Ibrahim told the Jo­hor Royal Press Of­fice via a state­ment is­sued on his of­fi­cial Face­book page.

In the state Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment di­rec­tor, No­razam Khamis said, in­spec­tions would be con­ducted at 31 reg­is­tered re­li­gious and tah­fiz schools.

“This in­spec­tion process is a nor­mal prac­tice which is one of the tasks and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties con­ducted by the depart­ment. But in view of the lat­est fire tragedy, we feel it is im­por­tant to in­ten­sify the in­spec­tion process. No schools will be ex­cused,” he said.

In state author­i­ties are keep­ing a close watch on 25 out of 106 reg­is­tered re­li­gious schools in the state, for fail­ure to con­form to stip­u­lated reg­u­la­tions.

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