D-G orders schools to withdraw CD-ROMs

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Mar 2003

SHAH ALAM: Schools have been ordered to withdraw supplementary software for Year One Science which contain images of scantily-clad women. 

“The software has definitely not come from any division of the (Education) Ministry,” Director-General of Education Datuk Abdul Rafie Mahat said. 

He added that distribution of the software, entitled Clip Art for Schools, was the work of irresponsible business operators who were out to make a quick buck. 

“I would like to reiterate that teachers have to be more stringent in selecting material for teaching. The software in this case is not relevant for use in schools,” he told reporters after presenting 92 teachers with their promotions to the master teachers’ category yesterday. 

On Wednesday, Malaysian Youth Council deputy president Abdullah Abu Bakar revealed that a CD-ROM Clip Art For Schools Volume 2 – Animals, Peoples, Buildings, Natural & Sciences – showed pictures of scantily-clad women under the chapter on Portrait. The software was distributed to some schools in Pahang although students had yet to view it. 

Abdul Rafie added that any software for use in schools had to contain values that were relevant to the subject taught.  

“We have just received the report and are investigating the case. The minister (Tan Sri Musa Mohamad) will make a statement on Wednesday,” he said. 

Asked how many schools had obtained the software, Abdul Rafie said it was too soon to ascertain but there were 27 schools in Raub that received it. 

On the flogging of a religious school student in Kelantan, he said the school was not a government school and thus, the ministry could not take any action. 

“The parents too have not submitted a report to us so there is nothing that we can do. They made a police report so let the police handle it,” he said. 

Seventeen-year-old Mohd Asrul Ahmad from SM Arab Khairiah Banggol Setol was allegedly caned by two students last week for talking to a girl in the school canteen. 

The two students, who are currently under police custody, had read out charges similar to that for committing illicit sex before the caning.  

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