KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 17, 2016: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) wants the Education Ministry to reconsider the proposal to suspend student bullies.
The union’s president Kamarozaman Abd. Razak considers the one-year suspension as being way too long and thus could cause other problems.
Yesterday, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid stated that the ministry was considering the move to curb the increasing incidence of bullying in schools.
Under the plan, the student who is suspended will be assigned to do charity or sent to rehabilitation centres.
The ministry is still discussing the idea and will get public feedback. If approved, the plan will be enforced from January.
Kamarozaman thinks the plan will not have the support of most parents as the suspension period is much longer than being enforced currently.
“Schools usually suspend students for only two weeks. Even for such a period, teachers and schools are blamed by parents and others because they think we are being unfair to students.
He said the union is also concerned over the future of suspended students due to sit for major examination.
While agreeing that student bullies should not go unpunished, Kamarozaman said prolonged suspension could affect their future if the students are also barred from the examinations.