KUALA LUMPUR: Some 14,072 cases of bullying in schools were recorded over a four-year period, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said although the number of bullying cases in schools have gone down, the ministry is still concern over such incidents.
“We are aware that bullying cases are happening in schools.
“However, with close cooperation between schools, parents and authorities, the number of cases have reduced from 0.08% in 2013 to 0.06% last year,” he said when replying a question by Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad (BN-Mersing) during Minister’s Question Time in Dewan Rakyat Thursday.
Mahdzir said the number of cases involving physical bullying in schools had dropped from 4,159 cases in 2012 to 4,120 in 2013.
The number of cases dropped further to 2,825 cases in 2014 but rose slightly in 2015 to 2,968 cases.
Asked by Nasaruddin Hassan (PAS-Temerloh) if any cases were brought to court, Mahdzir said he would provide a written reply to the question.
Earlier, Mahdzir said that several steps were taken since 2009 to address bullying and gangsterism among students.
He also said that all schools have been directed to set up a Disciplinary Committee to deal with bullying cases.
He added that schools were told to set up a committee to foster closer relations between teachers and parents.
“The responsibility of addressing bullying cases in schools does not rest solely on the schools but also a shared responsibility of parents,” he said.
Mahdzir announced that the ministry may enforce a one-year suspension for school bullies January next year.
The suspension, he said, may vary in duration from a few months to a year.
The proposal also includes rehabilitation, counselling sessions and community service for the students.However, he said that the matter was still under discussion with all relevant stakeholders.