Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School beefs up security

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

YAYASAN Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) School has tightened security following a disturbance last November by an unidentified man.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday on the sidelines of a Maulud Nabi ceremony at the school, YSHHB Primary School principal Norbaini Hj Abdullah said security measures have been stepped up to ensure the safety of students and staff members.

Two months ago, the school lodged a police report about a man allegedly disturbing two of its pupils at its premises.

The man allegedly tried to lure the two students by promising to give them a ‘treat’.

Norbaini Hj Abdullah said the incident has forced the school to double security measures for their drop-off and pick-up procedures.

“Only parents and care-takers will now be allowed to pick up their children, or teachers will supervise the children from the classroom to the waiting area,” she said, noting that students must wait in the designated area until they are fetched by their parents or guardians.

She added that the school has cordoned off some areas to prevent access by outsiders or visitors not related to the students.

“We’ve placed some cones and a security guard on the road leading up to the school so no one can come onto the premises without getting permission from the guard first,” she said.

To further boost security, YSHHB School has allocated a place near the cafeteria for students’ drivers and caretakers to wait in.

“Before (the incident), caretakers and drivers would roam around the school. So now we’ve allocated a place for them so they aren’t allowed to just walk around freely without permission,” she said.

She added that the school hasn’t heard from the police following the report in November.

“We’re doing our part to protect the students. We alerted the police, but we haven’t heard whether they’ve caught the man or not,” she said.

She also noted that Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel will do their rounds at YSHHB from time to time.

“Around four officers will come and do their checks around the school premises,” she said, noting that many parents and educators said they appreciated the extra security measures.

In an effort to address the issue of student safety in and outside the school campus, Norbaini Hj Abdullah is urging parents to educate their children to be more aware about their safety around strangers.

“Talk to your children about safety at home. Teach them about safety rules. This can prevent children from being in unwanted situations.

“Also, parents must learn to pick up their children on time so that they’re not waiting around,” she added.

The Brunei Times