According to TKPS pupil Emyr, one of his teachers, Mohamed Faizal, who is recovering from his injuries used his body to shield three of the pupils from falling rocks and boulders on Mount Kinabalu during the earthquake.
The other teachers on trip include Mr Terrence Loo, who was among those who perished, and Mr Mohammad Ghazi, who is still missing.
Emyr’s father, Mr Sadri paid tribute to the teachers for their selfless acts. He said: “They went two or three miles, helping them, shielding them, taking the hits, even with a broken skull and bones, they still brought them down 7 kilometres in blocked paths.”
Mr Sadri added that to him and most of the parents he talked to, they owed it to the teachers.
Sadri also revealed that for the late Mr Terrence, he helped a bunch of students before going up for others. This was also the case for the missing Mr Ghazi who helped some of the kids and went back up again. Sadri said that both Mr Terrence and Mr Ghazi are the real heroes.
All the students said they are very nice teachers. They would stay behind after school hours and work about 13 hours a day for the children and loved their job.