Don't Question Students About Condoms, Says National PIBG President
Such question is said to be unsuitable for 15-year-olds.
It is inappropriate to question students on the effects of selling condoms in the open, said the National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) yesterday, 27 September
Its president Professor Madya Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan said this in reference to the question about condoms that has been circulating on the Internet. It was alleged that the question was found in a Form 3 Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (PT3) trial paper.
The question reads: "The selling of condoms openly in shops has a negative impact which will create a social problem in the society. Do you agree? Give your explanation."
Mohamad Ali explained that such a question would invoke curiosity among students, thus leading them to find more information online
"Questions like that are not appropriate for students who are sitting for the PT3 examination and assessment. This is like encouraging students to surf the Internet and find information about condoms," he was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
"Such questions also definitely do not comply to the Syariah and should be avoided as much as possible."
The chairperson of the Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) also echoed the PIBG president's sentiments
"As a Muslim parent, I am shocked that this question was allowed. I would never have imagined that such a question will be asked of the students," Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim reportedly said.
"The question will only lead to more kids getting involved in social ills," she added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon refused to offer any comment as he was not aware of the matter
When contacted by the press, he reportedly said that the ministry will look into the matter before issuing any statement.
"When was this PT3 assessment held? Is this viral content even true? I didn't see anything and now is not even the time for PT3."
"Firstly, I am unaware of the incident. Now is not PT3 exam season. Secondly, I have not read the question that went viral," he was quoted as saying.
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