What schools can do

  • Education
  • Sunday, 23 Sep 2007

THE Education Ministry is prepared to look into including instruction on personal safety in schools. 

Deputy Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim (pic) feels that such a move will be a good idea. 

However, he adds, the ministry will need to consider whether it is possible to fit such sessions into the regular school hours or if they should be a co-curricular activity. 

“Students already study many subjects in school, so I am not sure if it is possible to have another subject on this matter or to incorporate it into several subjects, such as what we are doing for Road Safety,” he says. 

Hon, who also chairs the ministry's committee on cleanliness, health and safety (3K), points out that there is already the safe school concept, but this essentially addresses how to avoid accidents at school. 

“While we try to protect students when they are in school, parents will also need to play their part,” he says. 

“We have to work together on this as the safety of our children is very important.” 

In terms of security at schools, he says, the ministry has regulations that must be adhered to. 

"We strictly enforce the rule that no one can simply enter the school grounds without first obtaining the necessary permission. 

“Even some parents have complained to us that they cannot enter the school grounds, but this is necessary for their children’s sake,” he said. 

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