Malaysia: Four schools closed in Johor due to high tide

The Star 1 Jan 17;

PASIR GUDANG: Four schools in Johor were closed on the first day of the new term due to the high tide phenomena.

State Education Department director Shahrudin Sharif said the four primary schools were located in four islands off the coast of Mersing.

The schools are SK Pulau Aur, SK Pulau Pemanggil, SK Pulau Tinggi, and SK Pulau Sibu.

"A total of 40 students with 37 teachers are affected due to the closure of the schools.

"However, the department has to take such precautionary steps as the area have been affected by high tide with choppy seas since last Friday," he said after visiting SMK Taman Scientex here on Sunday.

He pointed out that the four schools should be open on Tuesday depending on the weather.

Some 620,000 primary and secondary students have started the new school term in 1,182 schools in the state.