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Khaleej Times, Dubai, UAE, 8 March 2006
Malaysia to ban public caning of errant schoolchildren: report
(AP) KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's schoolteachers will soon be barred from publicly whipping students for disciplinary offenses, the government announced on Wednesday.
Many schools have long punished severe infractions such as stealing, vandalism and smoking by whipping students with a rattan cane on their hands, thighs or buttocks to shame them.
However, Deputy Education Minister Noh Omar said teachers who continue using such penalties will face action if the ministry gets complaints, the national news agency, Bernama, reported.
A new government-approved code of regulations for student discipline will be introduced later this year to specify alternative penalties, Noh was quoted as saying by Bernama.
“There is no rule that allows public caning,” the minister said.
The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 9 March 2006
All out to check bullying
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is going all out to check bullying in schools.
“Anti-bullying should not just be a campaign, but a practice,” Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar said in launching the National Anti-Bullying Campaign 2006 at SMK Seri Permaisuri yesterday.
Coming in the wake of a task force set up by Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein two years ago to monitor and handle disciplinary problems in schools, the campaign is an effort by the ministry to integrate and improve its anti-bullying measures.
The ministry has printed posters with its anti-bullying hotline number and introduced a guidebook for the school authorities as well as a complaints website.
The ministry has also come up with an updated draft on standard procedures and punishments to be meted out to wayward students.
“The new draft provides specific guidelines on disciplining students so that teachers and school heads do not act on their own whims,” said Noh, pointing out that certain schools still carried out public caning, which was not allowed by the ministry.
The draft, called Education Rules (Student Discipline) 2006, has been sent to the Attorney-General's chambers for enactment purposes.
New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2006
When teachers fear students
By V.L. Klang
THE Education Ministry is mulling a new set of guidelines for
discipline and punishing students in schools. I feel that the
officials who undertook the review are more inclined to support
the students than the teachers. The teachers, who must confront
the students' misbehaviour daily, are being restricted in
what they can do. This, I feel, will make students bolder in
schools and ultimately the level of discipline will worsen. As it
is, teachers are harassed by students and parents if any action
is taken. Teachers' cars are scratched and broken into, and
some have their homes vandalised by students.
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