Ministry waiting for report on schoolboy who allegedly killed himself over homework

SUNGAI PETANI (Bernama): The Education Ministry is awaiting the full report from the police on the suicide of a 13-year-old Penang student who hanged himself on Saturday (Aug 24).

Its minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the ministry would also conduct its own investigation before taking further measures including changing learning modules if necessary.

“I am sad about the incident, because school should be a happy place for students to acquire knowledge and be nurtured.

“But if it has reached a stage of pressure ... this should not happen.

“At the moment it is too early to do anything as we are still waiting for the police investigation and ministry report, ” he told reporters after visiting Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Merbok, which was hit by the Lekima typhoon recently.

The student hanged himself in the bathroom of his parents' flat at Jalan Paya Terubong, Taman Sri Relau in George Town, Penang.

It was reported that the teenager was not keen in his studies and had often complained to his parents about having too much schoolwork.

Meanwhile, Maszlee when asked about his statement on Twitter that the government would provide pupils with breakfast in school from 2020 onwards, said the concept was to ensure a balanced diet for children.

“We want them to have nutritious food as we want to build a healthy generation with an intelligent mind.

“The programme will also enable the pupils to master civics, where they will eat with the teachers and learn about good (table) manners and habits such as washing your own plate, ” he said. – Bernama

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