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(File pix) The Education Ministry will look into strengthening the existing standard operating procedure (SOP) on safety on school grounds following the death of a seven-year-old girl who was reportedly bitten by a snake during school.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will look into strengthening the existing standard operating procedure (SOP) on safety on school grounds following the death of a seven-year-old girl who was reportedly bitten by a snake during school.

Deputy minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the SOP should be able to handle such instances as the one which occurred in Kota Baru yesterday.

"I would like to offer my condolences to the family of the girl. We have the safety SOP for school grounds and we will look into further strengthening it soon.

"The investigation on the case is still underway and involves many parties but we will see what we can do once the investigation is completed," he said when asked by reporters in Dewan Negara here today.

The girl, Nuri Nadirah Ruslan, was playing near the school canteen at 10.15am after having her breakfast when the incident happened.

The Year One pupil collapsed at the scene, prompting teachers to rush her to the Pengkalan Chepa Health clinic.

By the time she arrived, Nuri was already foaming at the mouth and her nose was bleeding.

"I have instructed those involved with the case to hasten the investigation so we can do whatever necessary afterwards," Kamalanathan added.

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