Thanks for the report in The Star (Aug 17) which highlighted the steep rise in school bullying cases as shown by the Education Ministry’s Students Discipline Misconduct System.
All children should have the opportunity to enjoy learning in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Bullying is a very serious problem and if left unchecked can damage children’s education and emotional and physical wellbeing.
Bullied children often suffer alone and may carry their scars with them the rest of their lives and their true talents may never be known. Experts have found that children subjected to bullying often end up bullying other kids themselves.
A clear and strong zero tolerance policy towards bullying must be implemented in schools. Teachers and staff should have a mandatory reporting system of dealing with this serious problem. Parents, as role models, are stakeholders that also need to work with schools to reduce bullying, including talking to their kids about the negative effects of bullying.
SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW