A RECENT survey by educationists showed that 25% of students here are stressed from being ridiculed by their friends, according to Tamil Nesan.
Quoting the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam, it said this seemed to be a major problem, which had psychological effects on students.
“This has also resulted in some of them playing truant as a form of escapism. This issue must be taken seriously by our educators to ensure those affected do not lose out in the long run,” Siva Subramaniam told the paper.
He said studies in developed countries like the United States also showed many pupils faced stress from such activities.
“In this context, besides the school authorities, the Parent-Teacher Associations should also play a role in curbing this trend,” Tamil Nesan quoted him as saying.
He said the NUTP would be meeting Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad to propose that trainee teachers be taught how to handle the problem.