Drop ‘prison cell’ look, school told


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 07 Sep 2003

By ELAN PERUMAL

KLANG: The district education office has ordered SM Tengku Idris Shah in Kapar, which has installed grilles in some classrooms, to keep the entrances to the classrooms open during lessons to avoid creating a “prison cell” environment. 

The school had kept the entrances to the rooms padlocked during lessons. 

Officials from the education office visited the school following a report in The Star that a section of the school looked like “prison cells” with the installation of the grilles. Except for the classrooms' front doors, the grilles were padlocked at all times.  

Assistant district education officer Abdul Aziz Abdul Jalil, when contacted, said that the padlocks on the grilles had been unlocked by the school authorities. 

However, parent-teacher association vice-chairman Halil Mohd Dahari said the school had to use cutters to cut some of the padlocks because they had become rusty and could not be opened with keys. 

He said the PTA had also painted parts of the school building which had been smeared with graffiti. About a third of the school walls were filled with graffiti measuring at least 1m long and 1m wide.  

“We got the assistance of the teachers and parents to paint the walls,” he said. 

Sementa assemblyman Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil, who made a surprise visit to the school on Wednesday, said he was happy with the changes.  

He said the school must provide an open environment for the students to study and disciplinary problems must be tackled in the appropriate manner. 

“Caging will not help solve the problem and the school should bring it up to higher authorities if it was unable to handle the situation,” he said.  

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