IT is up to schools and the respective state education departments to resolve bully cases.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said when there were instances of cases involving bullies, the onus was on the school and the education department to take the necessary action.
“It is their prerogative – whether to transfer them to a different school or to give them counselling,” he said after meeting vocational college and technical school students on Tuesday.
Mahdzir said he hoped non-governmental orgnisations would also work with schools on bullying cases.
He said a new standard operating procedure (SOP) that the ministry was working on, should be able to deal with indiscipline and bully cases.
A ministry official said the the SOP was still a work in progress and would be announced by the minister when it was ready.
On vocational colleges, Mahdzir said at least 20% of the 2,806 diploma students who will be graduating in May have been offered employment in private companies.
“We believe that through vocational colleges, we will be able to market skilled workers,” he added.
On another matter, Mahdzir said schools in the Jerantut and Kuala Krai districts were closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to the heat.
He said the temperature at both places had exceeded 37°C for over 72 hours.
The Education Ministry in a subsequent statement, said this would involve 30 secondary and 89 primary schools.
“This affects 41,665 students in primary, secondary and pre-schools,” said the statement.
The ministry said that only students would be excused from attending classes, with no replacement school day required.
However, teachers and staff would still have to be in school to carry out other duties. – By Sandhya Menon
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