A total of 28 male students from several secondary schools around Kota Bharu were arrested for skipping school and were ordered to read the Holy Quran as punishment.
Director of Education Department, Hussin Awang said, all the arrested students were taken to Telipot Mosque to be given counseling and ordered to read the Quran under the guidance of the Imam, Ahmad Yunus.
The boys, aged between 15 and 18 were arrested around the capital's shopping centers, housing estates and surau (small mosques).
"Some of the students were detainded while smoking," he told reporters here today.
Hussin said they were later released after their statements taken.