Team-building programmes to be checked
PUTRAJAYA: Team-building activity organisers outside the Education Ministry must now provide detailed information of their training modules to state education departments and schools before their programmes are conducted.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said these organisers must obtain approval to avoid dangerous elements being used in such activities. “We will still conduct team-building courses for students, but we forbid any dangerous elements which could cause trauma to students,” he told a press conference yesterday.
He was responding to a recent video that went viral showing several schoolchildren screaming and crying after trainers threw a snake into a pit they were in at a training camp run by the Civil Defence Force in Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Mahdzir said organisers must get approval from either the school or state education department after submitting details of the activities to be conducted in the programme.
He said many programmes were outsourced to police and the Fire and Rescue Department but this was the first time such an incident has occurred. – by Timothy Achariam
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