Education Ministry to issue guidelines on tackling internet abuse, cyberbullies

Source: Malay Mail Online

GELANG PATAH, Jan 1 — The Education Ministry will be formulating guidelines to tackle incidents of internet abuse, especially cyberbullying among students in the country.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said cyberbullying was one of the main examples that the ministry was looking at in light of students being more tech-savvy.

“The guidelines on students’ behaviour and conduct have always existed, but the ministry will improve on it by including cyberbullying as a current issue that needs to be addressed,” he said.

Kamalanathan said the inclusion of cyberbullying in the behaviour and conduct guidelines will also take into consideration aspects to protect both parties, who are the students as well as teachers. Read more

Action to be taken against school if bullying cases go unreported

Source: Astro Awani

SADONG JAYA: The Education Ministry will take stern action against school management found to have concealed any misconduct, including bullying in schools, said its director- general Datuk Seri Dr Khir Mohamad Yusof.

He said principals and headmasters must report immediately to the authorities any forms of misconduct, including student bullying cases in their respective schools.

“The act of reporting such cases will not affect of the school but it is necessary to allow appropriate action to be taken against the parties concerned,” he said.

Khir told reporters this when asked on action being taken by the ministry on a group of female students involved in the bullying of a female student in a secondary school in Kunak, Sabah recently. Read more

Assistant warden had them cowering

Source: The Star

An assistant warden of the dormitory of a religious school is remanded to facilitate investigations into a child abuse case involving a student, April 23, 2017. — Bernama pic.

An assistant warden of the dormitory of a religious school is remanded to facilitate investigations into a child abuse case involving a student, April 23, 2017. — Bernama pic.

KOTA TINGGI: The mere mention of his name sent shivers down the spine of the students at the religious school.

The man who allegedly beat Mo­­hamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, until the 11-year-old boy died, is said to be a very violent man who had all the students cowering in fear.

A student at the school who did not want to be named, said the assistant warden was very fierce.

The boy expressed shock when told that the assistant warden was a former convict who had spent 30 months in jail for theft.

About 30 students from the school came to pay their last respects to their friend Mohamad Thaqif at his grandparents’ house in Felda Bukit Aping Timur where the funeral was held. Read more

Death of tahfiz student: Education Ministry leaves investigation to police

Source: The Sun Daily

Mohamad Thaqif Amin

Mohamad Thaqif Amin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has left it to the police to carry out a full investigation into the death of a tahfiz (religious school) student who was allegedly beaten up by an assistant hostel warden at the school.

It’s minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said although the school was not registered under the ministry, the issue was still deemed as related to the country’s education institution.

“We extend our condolences to the family of the student involved. Although I was made to understand that the school is not registered, it is still an education institution that has students and teachers.

“This matter is certainly beyond our expectation because it involves a heavy offence…We leave it (the matter) to the police,” he said when met by Bernama after the UMNO Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato Onn here yesterday.

Mohamad Thaqif Amin, 11, whose legs were amputated on Friday to prevent infection, died at 2.05pm at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru today, where he had sought treatment. Read more

Education minister cans ‘interfaith understanding’ subject for public schools

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mahdzir said that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Mahdzir said that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 9 — The Education Ministry does not need to introduce a new subject specifically to promote “interfaith understanding”, its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

He added that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects, in response to calls from another government that proposed the idea in a bid to improve interfaith ties amid reports of fraying ties in recent years.

“I think we have enough [of it being taught in schools], with the teaching of the Rukun Negara, civics classes, Moral, and Islamic studies for Muslims,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 Annual Report 2015 here.

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How will a new ‘Interfaith Understanding’ subject fare in schools? — Rehan Ahmad

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY REHAN AHMAD

AUGUST 7 — Recently the chairman of The Committee to Promote Inter Religious Understanding and Harmony (JKMPKA) Datuk Azman Amin Hassan suggested the introduction of a new subject into the Ministry of Education’s syllabus. This subject for the time being is referred to as “Interfaith Understanding.”

Intellectual wisdom applauds any effort to enhance the unity between Malaysian citizens. However a bigger question mark lurks on the execution of such a subject.

Islamic Studies or Pendidikan Islam has been and still is taught in all public schools up to Form 5. Despite 11 years of learning this subject, for most Muslim students, the subject is not available in SPM, PMR, PT3, UPSR.

How would the introduction of a new subject fare? Read more