DENGKIL: School maintenance such as grass-cutting works should not be carried out during school hours, especially when activities are taking place at the school field.
Grass mower tractors, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan, should not be in operation when students are using the school field.
He was commenting on the death of 14-year-old Nur Afini Roslan, who died when a blade from a grass mower tractor struck her head this morning.
The student of Sekolah Menengah Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, died on the spot in the 10.30am incident, which happened at the school field.
"The ministry is currently investigating how the accident had taken place including if there were aspects of negligence on the part of the school or the contractor who had undertaken the job.
"The police are also investigating the case. Let's see the outcome of the investigation and action will be taken against those responsible,” he said.
Kamalanathan was speaking to the press after officiating the ERL & E-MAS Frog Classroom Makeover Project at Sekolah Menengah Dengkil.
The programme, an initiative by YTL Foundation and Frog Asia, aims to transform traditional classrooms into 21st century learning spaces. The classrooms are designed to promote technology-enabled and student-focused learning environments in line with the current best practices in education.
Kamalanathan said the programme, which has been carried out for past three years, has yielded success.
"Both teachers and students are now equipped with virtual leaning knowledge which is incorporated into their teaching and learning process," he said
He said 214 schools have been selected to undergo the makeover project and another 800 have been targeted.
For this year, 70 classrooms will participate in the project, with a cost of between RM30,000 to RM40,000 laid out for each.
Each classroom will be equipped colourful ergonomic chairs and tables as well as laptops.
The makeover project is undertaken by staff from ERL and E-MAS who are responsible for clearing and cleaning the classroom, wiring, painting and other tasks.
Also present at the event were Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Noor and YTL Foundation programme manager Alex Au-Yong.