Education Ministry finalising SOP on bullying cases


  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Mar 2016

KUALA NERANG: The standard operating procedure (SOP) to address cases of indiscipline, mainly bullying, is expected to be ready in two weeks.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a special meeting on the SOP, involving himself, the director-general of Education and ministry officials, would be held soon.

“The SOP will have the terms, limitation of the school authorities and district education office to address indiscipline, including bullying,” he said after opening the annual general meeting of the SMK Dato Syed Ahmad PTA here yesterday.

On Saturday, Mahdzir had said the SOP on delegation of powers to the district and state Education Departments was being discussed to address bullying.

With the SOP, the school authorities need not wait for the intervention of the Education Ministry to resolve bullying and other disciplinary issues.

This followed the case of an eight-year-old pupil in Klang who was allegedly forced to snip off the tip of his tongue by five other pupils last week if he did not want them to punch him in the face.

In Petaling Jaya, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said exposure to on-screen violence must be checked if the stakeholders were serious in addressing problems of crime involving youngsters.

“What can we expect when the reality today is that our children are being fed a daily diet of violence?” he said in a statement.

Describing the incident involving the pupil as despicable and heinous, Lee said it showcased an increasing degree of violence and violent behaviour involving young children.

“Such incidents are very disturbing and it is now incumbent upon the Government, schools, police, parents and students to collectively address this worrying situation,” he said.

Calling for stern disciplinary action against the perpetrators, Lee said professional counselling should also be accorded to them.

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