Bul­lies must be al­lowed to study

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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

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