Team-build­ing pro­grammes to be checked

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

MASRY CHE ANI/ THE­SUN

A health depart­ment per­son­nel is­su­ing a sum­mons to a man who lit up in a non-smok­ing zone in the her­itage en­clave in Lit­tle In­dia.

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