PETALING JAYA: A warning notice has been issued to the management of SM All Saints Likas in Sabah for segregating Form One students in different classes based on their religion, says the Education Ministry.
Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said action in the form of a warning and reminder was handed to the school principal concerned.
“The school’s timetable has also been reorganised to ensure that Islamic Studies and Moral Education are held at the same time for all Form One classes,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Amin reminded all school heads to be more sensitive to the community when handling school affairs.
“The Sabah education department will continue to monitor the situation in all schools to ensure this does not happen again,” he said.
In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Education and Innovation minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob and Sabah Education deputy director Datuk Dr Mohd Kassim Mohd Ibrahim visited the school yesterday and met with the school’s principal, Bernama reported.
Yusof said that the issue was resolved amicably with the school principal acknowledging her mistake of implementing the move without taking into account of other issues.
“This issue is small and we have resolved it by taking into account that Sabahans have to understand the strength of our unity lies on the harmonious aspect of life without being separated by racial and religious differences,” he said.
Earlier this month, parents submitted a petition to the Education Ministry pertaining to the issue involving Form One students at the school.
In the petition, the students’ parents claimed that in January, the school principal had allegedly segregated Form One students according to their faith – four classes for non-Muslim students and two classes for Muslim students – and the arrangement was supposed to be in place for the next three years.
The old method used for Form Two to Form Five students was that there were six mixed classes and during the Moral Education or Islamic Religion periods, students would enter the class according to the subject taken.
Yusof called on parents of Form One students at the school to stop worrying as his ministry and the Education Ministry at the federal level were concerned and would seek solutions.
He said what was important was harmonious relationships in the school be strengthened again in the future.