De­crease in school-bully cases

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MORE than 14,000 cases of bul­ly­ing in schools have been recorded na­tion­wide from 2012 to 2015, said Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said there were 4,159 cases in 2012, 4,120 in 2013, 2,825 in 2014 and 2,968 in 2015, adding that most of them in­volved phys­i­cal bul­ly­ing.

“The min­istry has taken var­i­ous steps to en­sure that cases of abuse in schools do not re­peat,” he said in re­ply to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san (PASKota Baru) on the num­ber of bul­ly­ing cases brought to court.

Mahdzir said he could not pro­vide the ex­act fig­ure of such cases but would pro­vide the rel­e­vant sta­tis­tics later.

Last week, Mahdzir had sug­gested a one-year suspension for stu­dents in­volved in bul­ly­ing cases and that the min­istry would get feedback from the pub­lic on the plan.

Mahdzir said the min­istry has seen a de­crease in bul­ly­ing cases in schools in re­cent years due to co­op­er­a­tion from sev­eral par­ties and pro­grammes ini­ti­ated.

He also said schools and par­ent­teacher as­so­ci­a­tions have a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to curb the is­sue, and that many schools work­ing with PTAs have man­aged to come up with so­lu­tions to the prob­lem.

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