Teachers go out of the way to help pupils (Malaysia)

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Pupils of SK Mesilau are not missing out on classes, thanks to dedi­cated teachers.

The teachers turned up at relief centres to hold classes for the 180 pupils following Monday’s evacuation of villagers from Kg Mesilau when mudslides occurred after the June 5 Mount Kinabalu earthquake.

A study corner has been created for preschoolers at relief centres in Kundasang while primary school pupils attend classes at the Sabah Co-curriculum centre in Ranau town.

SK Mesilau headmaster Wahid Karim said they decided to allow the pupils to study out of the school because it was safer, considering the uncertainties faced by the villagers.

“We don’t know when another mudslide will occur or what destruction it will bring, so it is better that our teachers go to where their pupils have been evacuated,” he said.

The out-of-school classes, he added, started yesterday at 7am. All 13 teachers of the school were involved.

“Classes will be on until noon every day until the situation returns to normal,” he said.

State education director Datuk Jame Alip said teachers in Ranau had also been ­instructed to conduct classes for affected students.

Teachers and several adults have also been holding activities such as board games and riddles for the children, he added.

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