Stop practice of 'period spot checks' at school, says former education minister

PETALING JAYA: Former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) has slammed the practice of "period spot checks" carried out by teachers at certain schools and calls for an end to it.

He said the practice is degrading and uncalled for; and should have never happened anywhere, what more in learning institutions.

"Education should be about love, happiness, nurturing integrity, dignity, a sense of responsibility, and mutual respect.

"The reported cases are a disgrace to the community and must be stopped and condemned. Our school children should be kept safe in schools and protected from any form of harm and abuse," he said in a series of tweets on Friday (April 23).

Several leaders including Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz had also voiced out their concerns over the practice, asking the Education Ministry to put a stop to it.

The practice was also condemned by several women's non-governmental oganisations in a joint statement, including the All Women’s Action Society (Awam), Sisters In Islam (SIS) and Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kendiri Wanita dan Gadis (Women:Girls).

Earlier, news portal Malaysiakini had reported that in multiple schools, girls have to undergo “period spot checks” where they are told to physically prove that they are on their period through means that violated their privacy.

This was according to current students and those who left school up to 20 years ago.

The measures included showing their blood-soaked sanitary pads, doing swabs of their private parts with either cotton buds, tissues, or their fingers, or having a teacher, warden, or school prefect pat them down at the groin to feel if they are wearing a sanitary pad, they said.

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