Education Ministry holds reconciliatory meeting following student abuse case

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BELURAN, 3 Mac — Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P. Kamalanathan (kanan) menyampaikan amanat ringkas kepada murid Tahun 6 Sekolah Kebangsaan Balaban Jaya ketika melawat sekolah itu hari ini. Turut hadir Anggota Parlimen Beluran, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (dua, kiri).

SERDANG: The Education Ministry has begun a reconciliatory meeting to find solutions for abuse cases against students following an incident in which a teacher had physically harmed a 12-year-old student in Kedah last week.

Deputy Education minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said a meeting was held earlier today, which involved school administration, teachers, the parent-teacher association as well as parents and guardians was carried out concurrently with police investigations.

“A police report has been made and while we wait for police to finish their investigations, we will find ways to tackle this issue.

“If the incident has been verified by the police, the ministry will mete out appropriate action against the teacher involved in the abuse case,” he told reporters today after officiating the 35th Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (KLIBF) at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps).

A primary six pupil named Khairul Najwan Jamsari in Tikam Batu, Sungai Petani was allegedly beaten by a male teacher for modifying his bicycle handle on March 2.

It was reported that his father Jamsari Mohammad Hassan, 46, claimed that his son was strangled, punched and trampled by the teacher as indicated by multiple bruises.

He made a police report on Thursday (March 3).

Meanwhile, Kamalanathan said the ministry was waiting for the complete report of an incident in Hulu Selangor in which several school students fell ill after eating glass shards in their noodles served under a supplementary food programme.

“After the report is complete, drastic action should be taken to warn other canteen operators from repeating the same mistake,” he said.

Source : New Straits Times