Hornbill Unleashed

July 7, 2017

Education Ministry: Not compulsory for parents to pay PTA fees

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Deputy Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said an investigation into the incident was ongoing, and the final report would be shared with the public in the near future. — Bernama picThe Education Ministry is taking a Chinese primary school in Bandar Utama to task for caning a pupil after his parents failed to pay the parent-teacher association’s (PTA) fees.

Deputy Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said an investigation into the incident was ongoing, and the final report would be shared with the public in the near future.

“This should have not happened as the PTA fee is not compulsory and entirely up to parents,” he told reporters after the launch of the PINTAR Mobile Learning Unit bus at Sekolah Rendah Taman Midah 2 here yesterday.

“Although the fee would help the student, it should have not gone to the extent of caning (when not paid).”

A local Chinese daily reported last week the pupil was given 12 strokes of the rotan over alleged late payment to the PTA.

Kamalanathan also said the ministry had urged bully victims, whether teachers or students, to lodge police reports for a holistic solution to be formulated.

He said if bully cases went unreported they would make it difficult for the relevant parties to find a solution to the problem.

“It is not our intention to punish anyone, but this is so we can do have the students involved go through counselling and have them understand that their teachers are as important as their parents” he said.

“Teachers who are bullied may be disturbed emotionally and this may affect their performance in fulfilling their responsibility.”

Kamalanathan said although very few complaints had been made on bullying cases against teachers, the ministry was able to overcome the issue.

He said bullying cases were not only the responsibility of the ministry, but the community as a whole.

“We cannot have the mentality that ‘it‘’s not my child’ … it is our children … sometimes these cases take place outside school as well,”he said.

On Monday, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid acknowledged there were cases of teachers being bullied, but they were not reported often following fears of personal safety outside of school grounds by students involved in gangsterism.

He said teachers who fell victim to bullying were urged to lodge police reports to ensure their safety and prevent similar incidents from recurring.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM


 

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