Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron on Thursday urged all schools administrations and teachers to pay attention to their students’ safety during current thunderstorms.
Mr Chuon Naron noted at a ground breaking ceremony of the Phnom Penh Teacher Education College that he had previously rearranged schooling hours during the hot season.
“After the hot weather, the rains have arrived and we face severe storms with strong winds that have already damaged some schools, he said. “The storms also bring lightning and the ministry appeals to parents and teachers to keep the students indoors when these occur.”
Mr Chuon Naron also asked the education department directors and school administrations in provinces where schools were damaged by storms to provide estimates on the costs for repairs.
He also issued a list of steps to take to protect students in both state and private education institutions in the event of storms and lightning strikes.
“The ministry advises state and private schools management committees, teachers, staff and students to follow these safety steps to prevent any accidents during thunderstorms,” Mr Chuon Naron said.
The ministry advised students not to ride motorbikes, bicycles or use phones and refrain from sheltering under trees or in rice fields during thunderstorms.
It also cautioned students to avoid passing under electric poles, to wear shoes with rubber soles and not to wear jewellery during lightning strikes.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday repeated its appeal to the public to stay alert for lightning strikes during storms which are expected until Saturday.
It noted that from May 12 to 18, moderate to heavy rainfall will occur in Phnom Penh and provinces along the coast, in the lowlands and the northeast plateau.