Schools to suspend all water-based outdoor activities

mahdzir-khalidKUALA NERANG: Schools nationwide have been ordered to suspend all water-based co-curricular activities with immediate effect following the death of a teacher from rat urine infection in Kedah yesterday.

Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said the temporary suspension would be enforced while a study was conducted by a special committee from the ministry on the issue.

“The ministry has decided to suspend all co-curricular activities involving water, such as at rivers, waterfalls or areas prone to rat urine infection.

“We will do a study. We did not expect this incident to be so serious, so I requested the Director of Education and the ministry’s task force to study the matter, and only after that we will consider when to allow the activities to resume,” he said after attending the Padang Terap Umno Division delegates’ meeting here, today.

Yesterday, Mohd Yusri Yaccob, a teacher at SMK Tunku Seri Indera Putera, Ayer Hitam, died at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah after he was believed to have contracted .

He had reportedly visited Sungai Ketil on July 15, along with several other teachers and students for kayaking and mountain-climbing activities in the area.

However, Mahdzir said the directive would only apply to water-based activities. So all other outdoor activities could be carried out as usual.