Education Ministry sets sights on tackling racism, extremism, gangsterism in schools

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has set its sights on tackling issues facing the sector especially racism, extremism and gangsterism.

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek said the ministry will focus on the aspect of human dignity (karamah insaniah) through the formation of manners, morality and integrity.

"The ministry is confident of creating an atmosphere of harmony that will avoid social ills such as sexual harassment, bullying, extremism, gangs and vandalism," she told reporters at the ministry Thursday (Dec 15).

This is among the seven thrusts the ministry will focus on to solve problems in the sector, she said.

Fadhlina said student and teacher welfare are also top concerns.

For students, she said they will be paying attention to the multidimensional poverty - learning space, malnutrition and devices - faced by B40 students, with the help of other ministries.

"We also aim to solve the 'lost generation' issue as well as the literacy and numeracy problems," she added.

Dilapidated schools, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, will also be renovated and upgraded, she said, adding that digital education facilities in all schools will be enhanced.

Fadhlina also said open communication between the ministry and schools will be made more efficient by reducing the bureaucracy.

"Managing public expectations is a challenge the ministry must take on to ensure a fair meeting point becomes a reality by the unity government," she said.

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