Sus­pen­sion for school bul­lies

> Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry seeks con­sen­sus on pro­posal for one-year pun­ish­ment

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KUALA NERANG: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry pro­poses to en­force a one-year sus­pen­sion on pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents who are in­volved in bul­ly­ing cases.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the min­istry would get feed­back from the pub­lic on the plan and if there is a con­sen­sus , it would prob­a­bly be en­forced from Jan­uary next year.

“This is a plan at the min­istry’s level and I think it is time that strict ac­tion is taken so that bul­ly­ing cases in school are put to a stop,” he said.

“I am of the opin­ion that bul­ly­ing in schools is get­ting se­ri­ous and we need to counter it im­me­di­ately and sus­pen­sion is the best step.”

He told this to re­porters af­ter open­ing the “Kasihi Peke­bun” event and hand­ing over as­sis­tance from the Ad­di­tional Eco­nomic Ac­tiv­i­ties pro­ject, here, yes­ter­day.

Mahdzir said un­der the plan, the aim was to make the pun­ish­ment serve as a les­son to other stu­dents as any sus­pended stu­dent due to sit for any ma­jor ex­am­i­na­tion would have to do it the fol­low­ing year.

“Within the sus­pen­sion pe­riod, the stu­dents con­cerned will be asked to do char­ity work or be sent to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres in or­der for them to be al­lowed back in school,” he said.

How­ever, he said the min­istry had no plans to ex­pel the er­rant stu­dents as it would af­fect their fu­ture.

Mahdzir added the min­istry was also mon­i­tor­ing the high-tide phe­nom­e­non at sev­eral places na­tion­wide, adding that so far, no school ses­sion had been af­fected by the phe­nom­e­non.

He said the min­istry would keep in touch with district ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments on this is­sue. – Ber­nama

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