JOHOR BARU: The Education Ministry should increase the number of trained counselling teachers in schools to help steer problematic students to the right path instead of caning to discipline them, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman said caning in schools should be the last resort and counselling them would be more effective in understanding and teaching the students.
He said the ministry should train more counselling teachers and also provide adequate training and courses for existing teachers as children nowadays were faced with various emotional stresses.
“We need counselling teachers to do more than just give advice and tell the students what to do.
“Proper training has to be given to the teachers in order to find ways to teach, cope and handle the problems faced and tackle them accordingly,” he said.
Lee said many of the counselling teachers in schools were not adequately trained and had limited knowledge on handling the students’ emotional and mental well-being.
He was speaking to the press after attending the closing ceremony of the three-day Eco World Foundation UPSR Motivation Camp for 159 underprivileged Year Six students from 28 schools at Skudai here yesterday.
Lee, who is Eco World Foundation chairman said the programme was part of the Students Aid Programme, which has funded the educational needs of 2,600 underprivileged students from 135 primary schools nationwide regardless of race and religion.