KUALA LUMPUR: The primary school teacher, who allegedly molested nine students at a school in Hulu Selangor earlier this year, has been transferred to another school.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the teacher was moved out from the Tamil school concerned and is being “monitored” by the district and state education officers.
"The ministry is working closely with the police to resolve the case according to the law," Mahdzir told Teo Ni Ching (DAP-Kulai) in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat.
Mahdzir said a total of 15 reports of teachers molesting students were made between 2010 and October this year at district and state education offices, including the ministry.
He said the teachers involved had been transferred to other schools and subjected to counselling and close monitoring.
"Disciplinary action against them is determine on the courts,” he said, adding that the victims were also given counselling.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said that draft laws on child sexual crimes will be tabled in Parliament following approval from the Cabinet.
"The laws specifically covers various aspect of sexual crimes against children which includes child pornography and online and offline grooming," she said in a written reply to a question by Datuk Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong).
Azalina said the draft laws were based on recommendations of the Special Task Force on Sexual Crimes set up in August to study the issue.
She said the committee held meetings on Sept 6 and Oct 4 to gather feedback from relevant stakeholders to draft the laws.
She added that among those consulted included the Attorney General Chambers, Bar Council, Unicef, International Women Rights Action Asia Pacific and children related non-governmental organisations.