Ministry of Education studying proposal to create full-time hostel caretaker position, says deputy minister | Malaysia

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon speaking in Parliament, December 6, 2021. – Bernama pic

IPOH, Dec 12 – The Department of Education (MOE) will consider the proposal to create a full-time principal position in boarding schools to tackle various issues including bullying.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk, Dr Mah Hang Soon, however, said it should be refined based on the full report of bullying cases, including a recent case involving first-year students. from Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in Kuala Kangsar near here.

“Thank you for your views regarding this matter and we must await the report from the parties involved before taking any action. The ministry will consider the views further,” he told reporters after attending the delivery ceremony. swearing in of the new leaders of the Perak Chinese School Boards Association here today.

National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) President Aminuddin Awang reportedly said the union had raised the issue and presented the proposal many times before.

Aminuddin reportedly said that hostel keepers are appointed from teachers who also teach daily in schools and have to take responsibility for looking after and supervising hostel students all the time.

Asked if the Ministry of Education would hold a meeting with NUTP and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) regarding the proposal, Dr Mah said further actions should be based on the detailed bullying case report which have been reported.

Police have so far arrested 10 students aged 13, including a 15-year-old student, after a group of youths, believed to be students from the hostel, allegedly punched and kicked a pair.

The incident, believed to have happened between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on December 9, went viral on social media via several video clips lasting between 13 and 30 seconds showing a student being kicked in the back and several punches, receiving criticism from users.

Meanwhile, Mah said further investigations were underway into another alleged bullying incident at a boarding school in Pahang last Friday, adding that the Ministry of Education was awaiting the report on it.

Media reported that four 14-year-old students were allegedly locked in a room for two hours and beaten by eight elderly people who were furious after the four of them were found watching videos on a mobile phone.

The eight students from classes four and five allegedly locked the four victims in the room before punching, kicking and caning the juniors.

At today’s event, Dr Mah said among the issues discussed were how to ensure the strengthening and rehabilitation of learning and teaching in schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. 19. — Bernama

Linda G. Ibarra