Safety issues at Katok ‘B’ Primary School

I WOULD like to thank the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Ministry of Education (MoE) for building more schools to cater to the increasing number of students in Brunei Darussalam.

This shows that no children are left behind in education as they are the foundation for the country’s future.

As a parent, I am very happy to see rapid changes in the education system since the 1980’s.

However, my main concern is the safety issue of students in government schools.

I am a mother of four boys of which two of them are attending the Katok ‘B’ Primary School, Cluster 1, Kampong Katok.

The school began operating on March 15, 2017.

It comprises the pre-school building, hall building and the two-floor building for administration, teachers and primary school students.

The management and educators of the school are all great and helpful but my main concern is with the school’s safety issues.

Every time the bell for the last period is rung and after the recitation of prayers, I see a stampede of students rushing down the stairs pushing each other from behind.

This is dangerous as the students can fall from the staircase which could cause a fatal injury.

Another issue is the lack of a proper waiting spot or parking area for parents.

The current area used is a sand-covered area. When it rains the area turns into a muddy zone that only a 4×4 vehicle can access.

There is also no proper pick up point for the students.

Since the school caters to children residing around the STKRJ Kampong Katok ‘B’, students can be seen walking back home.

This can be dangerous for the students since there are no proper walkways or zebra crossings.

They have to walk along the drain among the tall grass, where there have been sightings of snakes.

I hope the authorities can look into this to ensure the safety and welfare of the students.

If it is a must for companies to implement HSE rules according to the Brunei Government, why not implement it in schools as well?

Educating the children on HSE in their early years is a good foundation for them too.

Think safe. Act safe. Be safe.

– Concerned Mother