Posted tagged ‘school’

Why must headmasters/headmistresses refer school society formation for approval of state director of education?

July 15, 2010

The recent write up by citizen Nades in the SUN newspaper with regards the dissolving of non-Muslim associations in klang high school by the state director of education shows the extent of centralization of decision making by government departments.

This is a school matter that could be handled easily by the headmistress but she intern passed her responsibility to the state education department. If a school administration matter like this too has to go to education department then we don’t need a headmaster or headmistress, just a clerk will be able to handle the job.

All the clerk has to do is pass the buck to education department and relay back the education department decision to teachers and parents. It is disgraceful and demeaning as a head of school to function like a postman. It is a clear sign of central control and command by the ministry and polarization of education system.

Even to form religious groups by students professing that religion under the guidance of the school teachers seem to be intolerable and action taken swiftly. The swift action taken regardless of the fact that these societies have been in the schools for many years co-existing harmoniously and contributing positively in molding good characters among students. School life is the most memorable and valuable part of students life.

This is an opportunity to imbibe good values and close relationship with like minded friends. They should be intern encouraged to forge cross religious and cross cultural relationships with other religions and cultures. They are students and innocent and this is the time build tolerance and acceptance of each other religion and culture.

Now that the minister in prime minister’s department has highlighted that the cabinet has not issued such directives to schools, shows that the Selangor director of education has acted unilaterally.

The director of education should be reprimanded to show that such unilateral action which is parochial will be dealt severely in future. Does the ministry have any courage to take action on these little napoleons? It is like the prime minister telling that hindraf is an extremist organization but Perkasa is patriotic.

That is 1Malaysia for our prime minister.

This incidence shows that parents and teachers should not simply follow directives and decisions made by ministry level unquestionably. They must highlight problematic and narrow minded decisions to media and public.

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School bullying shaping into uncontrollable social menace that will destroy our schools

June 30, 2010

In the past few weeks every other day there are newspaper reports about bullying, gang fights and even murder in our schools. This social disease has reached the prestigious royal military school which is the epitome of discipline and professionalism. A 16 year old student from royal military college in Sungai Besi was murdered by his own school mates on the June 24th. This is frightening because in the normal schools such incidence are linked to outside gangsters but in royal military college the culprits are fellow school mates.

If royal military college which is governed by ministry of defense and supported by ministry of education, can decay and reduced to such level what more to say about the general discipline in residential schools, elite colleges, science colleges and normal schools.

Why did our schooling system decline to this state? These bullying, gang fights, extortions, rape and even murder in schools has happened before but the headmasters and ministry officials always sweep the incidence under the carpet and covered and camouflaged as a small matter.

They don’t want to be in the bad books of ministry officials and mass media. Parents were warned of expulsions and intimidations. In Malaysia, it happens in both schools with low income children and wealthy parents. Even in Universities we have severe form of ragging.

Consistently emerging from research as causes for school bullying are poor academic grades of bullies, high absenteeism and truancy of bullies and unstructured free time in schools. Besides other factors that encourage violence in schools are violence at home of bullies, weak social ties, anti-social peers, poor parent–child relationships, indiscipline of bullies as well as drug and substance abuse.

Common and destructive form of bullying is psychological in nature, such as taunting, teasing, name-calling and exclusion from social groups or activities. Bullying left unchecked leads to extortion, thugs, rape which is happening our schools. Both forms of bullying lead to genuine suffering for the victim.

Emotionally, children who are bullied often suffer feelings of great distress, fear and self-doubt, with an overall drop in self-esteem. This can lead to absenteeism from school and a negative impact on the learning process.

Indian parents should not leave learning and schooling to teachers and schools but instead take ownership of their children’s performance in schools if their children are bullied. What I hear is Indians only question when the children are in Tamil schools but when the children go to secondary schools parents do not question are more.

Why is it?

We have every right to question teachers through parent teachers association and headmasters. If still not satisfied they can highlight their problem in public and get the public support. Bullying happens in all races and religions. Therefore make it a public issue and not a racial issue to get support across the board.