‘Teach stu­dents con­se­quences of bul­ly­ing’

New Straits Times - - News -

RAWANG: Stu­dents need to be taught the con­se­quences of bul­ly­ing as this is the best way to stop such acts in schools.

Ed­u­ca­tion groups said this yes­ter­day in re­sponse to Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan launch­ing the Anti-Bul­ly­ing Cam­paign with place­ment of Bul­ly­ing Com­plaint Boxes in sec­ondary schools.

They said it would be more ef­fec­tive if ef­forts were put into in­still­ing val­ues of re­spect and tol­er­ance into stu­dents.

“Stu­dents need to be taught the value of peo­ple’s lives in ad­di­tion to re­spect­ing oth­ers. They need to know that dis­crim­i­na­tion or abuse is not tol­er­ated and that they are break­ing the law if they do so,” said ed­u­ca­tion­ist Datuk Lok Yim Pheng, who is also Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Malaysia com­mis­sioner

Lok said par­ents and stu­dents needed to be ed­u­cated on their rights as hu­man be­ings and re­mem­ber that ev­ery child had the right to a good ed­u­ca­tion.

“For the cam­paign to be ef­fec­tive, chil­dren should be made aware of their rights so they are not bul­lied or them­selves bully.”

Sarana Ibu Bapa Na­tional Coach Amir Sahudi told the New Straits Times that un­der­stand­ing, aware­ness and sur­veil­lance by school ad­min­is­tra­tors would hold ev­ery­one ac­count­able for what hap­pened within and out­side school com­pounds.

“The com­mu­nity needs to get in­volved as well as the school’s PTA (Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion).

“En­force­ment is im­por­tant as we do not want to end up with a pile of com­plaints but no ac­tion taken,” said the SK Se­ti­awangsa PTA pres­i­dent.

Par­ent Ac­tion Group for Ed­u­ca­tion chair­man Datin Noor Az­imah Ab­dul Rahim said stu­dents and par­ents were con­cerned or even fear­ful that their com­plaints would not only be left unat­tended, but there would be prej­u­dice against the bul­lied stu­dent.

She said there needed to be in­de­pen­dence in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the com­plaints box.

Ka­malanathan said the Bul­ly­ing Com­plaint Box would be placed in ev­ery school start­ing with its pi­lot project in sec­ondary schools in Hulu Se­lan­gor.

The Na­tional Anti-bully Cam­paign 2017 is an ini­tia­tive by Putera MIC in co­op­er­a­tion with the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, Se­lan­gor Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, Hulu Se­lan­gor Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice and po­lice.

It aims to ed­u­cate and cre­ate pub­lic aware­ness about the harms that comes from bul­ly­ing.

The lat­est case of bul­ly­ing in­volved a sec­ondary school stu­dent being beaten up by girls at a field in Ku­nak, Sabah.

The district Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice said it would in­ves­ti­gate into the case, which sur­faced via so­cial me­dia last week.

PIC BY AMRULLAH AB­DUL KARIM

Deputy

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan (cen­tre) with stu­dents at the launch of the Anti-Bul­ly­ing Cam­paign in Rawang yes­ter­day.

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