The education ministry will be creating a stricter guideline that includes caning to handle disciplinary problems in local schools, Deputy Minister Chong Sin Woon revealed today, 11 May
Schools will be able to tackle disciplinary issues in a uniform manner from next year, with the release of an official book on school regulations by the Education Ministry.
The move comes with the upgrading of the Education Ordinance 1957 in order to manage various disciplinary issues in schools.
The upgraded school guidelines book would include ways to address issues such as bullying, truancy, drugs, and dealing with the influence of militant groups like ISIS
Chong said updates to the Education (School Disciplines) Regulations 1959 under the Education Ordinance 1957 were necessary as currently, school authorities needed to wait for a complaint to be lodged before investigating cases such as bullying.
This, he said would no longer be needed if the amendments, currently in the final draft, were introduced by next year.
"For an example, schools are required to form a disciplinary committee that will be tasked with conducting school-level investigations," explained the deputy education minister at a meeting on disciplinary issues involving school students.
"We aim to have a comprehensive regulation by compiling about 50 procedures and circulars related to school discipline, which will be updated into the existing regulations."
"Prior to this, the school's headmaster was the person in charge to determine whether a student needs counselling. However, counselling will be part of the procedure once the new regulations are implemented," added Chong, as reported by the Malay Mail Online.
Meanwhile, schools will also start conducting urine tests in their efforts to curb drug abuse problems among students
"We are planning to conduct random urine tests frequently in schools and to have more spot checks for drug-laced sweets," said Chong.themalaymailonline.com
While many countries in the world have already banned corporal punishment in schools, the Malaysian education ministry still continues to implement it as a way of handling disciplinary problems
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