A father in Bukit Mertajam has lodged a police report after his son threatened to kill himself over how he felt bullied by his school
According to a report in NST Online, the 13-year-old boy threatened to commit suicide after he was removed from the class he was in and made to enter what he claimed was the last class for Form 1 students in the school after taking a basic computer test.
The boy's father said that his son had obtained 3As, 1B and 1C for his Standard 6 Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination in 2018 and based on that, he was initially placed in the second class for Form 1 students.
"Previously, the teacher at his primary school told us our son would be placed in the top class when he enters this secondary school based on his UPSR results which were quite good," the father was quoted as saying by NST Online.
However, after the boy was registered in the secondary school, he was not only placed in the second class, the management later made him take a basic computer test.
The Form 1 student feels humiliated and unhappy
"When I picked him up from school (on Friday), he looked sad and down. When he told me what happened, he threatened to commit suicide and refused to go to school.
"He was previously bullied in primary school and this makes him feel bullied again by the school," NST Online quoted the father saying, adding he wanted a detailed explanation from the school on the matter about switching his son to the last class.
According to the father, the school management never informed them of a placement test until his son told on Friday, 4 January
"If this is something important, parents should have been informed during the briefing session and via letter, not spring it suddenly like this," he said, adding that he was upset that the school did not explain the matter to him in detail and had only repeated that the computer test was a requirement in all schools in Malaysia when he asked them.
"In fact, they told me that UPSR results do not determine class placements. It is the basic computer test that determines it," the father was quoted as saying.
The father, now being worried that his son might do something negative, is determined to send him to a different school
"He deserves to be in the best class in Form 1 after he worked hard for UPSR, but the opposite happened. I am worried he would do something negative and it would destroy his spirit," the father said, adding that he hopes of getting the matter referred to the Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) district education department.