Every school has its own disciplinary problem, but the thing is that whether it’s bad or not. Last year, the Malaysian Education Ministry identified and stated 402 high schools nationwide with disciplinary and drug problems.
These schools are divided into two categories, which are:
- Category 1 with disciplinary problems
- Category 3 with disciplinary and drug problems
The highest topped school in nationwide is Selangor, counting with a total of 76 schools. Out of all 76 schools, nine of them are identified in the third category, which is disciplinary and drug problems. Sabah, on the other hand, is not stated in the list, which is excellent news.
Johor is the second highest in the list mentioned with a total of 63 schools, and one of them is listed under category 3. Followed by Negeri Sembilan, with a total of 40 schools, five schools under the third category, Penang and Pahang with 37 schools respectively. Penang with 9 and Pahang with 7 schools under the third category.
Putrajaya and Labuan have the least schools mentioned. Putrajaya with 2 schools and Labuan with a total of 3 and they are all listed under the first category.
Despite all that, there are a total number of 22 schools in Kuala Lumpur that are all listed under category 3.
Of all of the 402 schools, 91 of them are listed as category 3, and that is really alarming!
Secretary general Harry Tan Huat Hock, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) stated that the Education Ministry should look into this problem holistically and that teachers should receive better training so that they can handle the students and serious matters such as drugs abuse, bullying and also gangsterism.
He was actually shocked that some of the schools were genuinely outstanding schools with really high-quality staff and students. He added that some of the schools are also surrounded by good communities, and it was really shocking for him when the schools were mentioned in the list.
Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia, chairman Datin Noor Amizah Abdul Rahim also added that parents shouldn’t be alarmed if their child’s school is listed as one of the ‘hotspot’. They are listed so that police can monitor these schools and it is just to add as a precaution.
So, parents, is your kid’s school mentioned in the list?
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