School's disciplinary action against students for wearing sarees being probed

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry is probing an incident where some students from a school in Kajang were allegedly disciplined for wearing sarees for a National Day event.

An officer from the Deputy Education Minister's office confirmed that the Selangor Education Department is investigating the alleged incident.

"A statement will be issued once the probe is completed," the officer said when contacted on Wednesday (Sept 20).

A news portal reported that students from the secondary school were barred from wearing sarees at an event meant to foster unity.

A student claimed those who wore sarees were instructed to provide their names to the discipline teacher which were recorded in the "Sistem Sahsiah Diri Murid" (personal student record or SSDM).

Parents of those penalised are worried that the mark in the record will harm their children's future and are seeking an explanation from school authorities.

The student also claimed that Indian students were previously told to remove their mauli or kavala (holy thread), and those who want to wear it are required to get permission.

The red-coloured thread is customarily worn on the right wrist for males and the left wrist for females.

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