KUALA LUMPUR – The Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 or Form 3 Assessment for students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Balung in Tawau, Sabah, will proceed as scheduled on Monday, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan.
He said the school has been closed for four days so that cleaning work and removing of debris from the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s Nuri helicopter which made an emergency landing on the roof of its open hall could be carried out smoothly.
“Yesterday there was a request for an additional two days (Thursday and Friday) for the school to be closed and since tomorrow is a weekend, there is ample time for the cleaning process to be completed before PT3 begins on Monday.
“In fact, I understand the main component of the helicopter has been removed, only small fragments are left,” he told reporters after the closing ceremony of the International Conference on Headmasters of High Performing Schools held for the third time here, today.
SMK Balung has 317 Form three students who will sit for the PT3 on Monday.
Asked on the two students who were traumatised in the incident, Kamalanathan said counselling was being provided to the victims by the State Education Department.
In the 9.05am incident on Tuesday, an RMAF Nuri helicopter made an emergency landing at SMK Balung injuring 22 people namely, 13 RMAF personnel, eight students and a cleaner. – BERNAMA