Juvenile cases must be reported

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Apr 2007

JUVENILE delinquency that occurs outside school compounds is not the responsibility of school heads or the Education Ministry, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar. 

They came under the jurisdiction of other authorities because neither the police nor schools were given the authority under the law to nab students who play truant.  

He told Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN – Bintulu) that all schools had been directed to report juvenile cases to the ministry. 

“We have told them not to hide anything from us and we have given show-cause letters to several school heads who failed to report to us,” he said. 

Earlier, Noh told the House that only 2% of the students were involved in juvenile delinquency. 

He said 170 complaints were received via the ministry’s website (90), hotline (19), e-mails (six), faxes (25), letters (nine) and newspapers (21). 

He said bullying cases dropped from 1,664 in 2005 to 1,576 last year after the launch of Anti-Bully campaign by the ministry. 

Noh said of the 32,279 students tested for drugs, 147 were positive. 

“However, the tests showed that the students were trying out with drugs,” he said, adding that the students had been sent to counselling sessions.  

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