Bullies must be allowed to study
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry must ensure the proposed oneyear suspension for school bullies does not deny them their right to education.
An expert in Family Law, Women and Children from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Prof Datuk Noor Aziah Mohd Awal, said there was also a need to ascertain the proposed move was not in conflict with existing laws.
“Regardless of offences committed, the right of children below the age of 18 to receive education cannot be denied.
“If the school decides on the matter (bully case) first before it is taken to court, or if it wants to handle the case by suspending the student involved, that means it has denied the child the right to study,” she said.
Last week, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had suggested the one-year suspension.
Noor Aziah said children should be given guidance instead of being punished.
Help University Institute of Crime and Criminology director Datuk Akhbar Satar said suspending students involved in bullying cases could result in them being involved in more serious offences.
He also suggested that such students be sent for counselling instead.
National Union of the Teaching Profession president Kamarozaman Abd Razak felt a year’s suspension was too long while National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Ali said it was an effective way to deal with student bullies. – Bernama