Education Ministry to introduce new concept to inculcate noble values, curb bullying, says Radzi

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Dec 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will introduce a "Sekolahku Sejahtera" (Prosper My School) concept as a way to deal with bullying in schools, says Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

"We are at the final stages of engagement to introduce the concept.

"It is not a new subject but a concept to inculcate noble values among students," he said when wrapping up his ministerial replies on Budget 2022 at the Committee Stage in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Dec 13).

Radzi was responding to the issue of bullying in schools which was raised by several MPs during debates.

This came in the wake of a recent bullying incident at a boarding school in Perak.

A video clip of the incident went viral on social media platforms, sparking national fury.

Police have so far hauled up 12 Form One students to assist in investigations.

Meanwhile, Radzi acknowledged that incidents of bullying in schools were not new but occurred from time to time despite stern action taken previously.

"I myself was a boarder while at the Royal Military College and I'm aware of what it is like living in a dormitory," he said.

He noted that among the root causes of bullying was that some students behave in an irrational manner when acting in a group.

"They feel that, when in a group, they can bully their friends.

"One of the factors is that they also do not consider what they are doing to be wrong.

"It is also a lack of empathy in considering what it feels like to be the one who is bullied and beaten," he said.

He added that the students who bully also fail to take into consideration the consequences of their actions on their victims, their families and their own future.

On the Sekolahku Sejahtera concept, Radzi said rational behaviour was one of the life values to be imparted with regard to cleanliness and safety in schools.

"These elements will be inculcated indirectly during classes and are not part of a new subject.

"We want these noble principles to be taught naturally," he said, stressing the need to teach students at a young age to behave in a rational manner.

However, Radzi did not elaborate what the 14 elements under the concept were, only saying that he would do so at a later time.

Earlier, Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria (BN-Parit) suggested that the ministry set up a warden committee to handle safety issues in schools.

He added that the committee should be made up of those outside the teaching profession.

Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (Warisan-Semprona), meanwhile, called for better action to safeguard students in school as bullying could pose a threat to lives.

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