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'Hotspot' schools: MCPF wants Ministry to explain
Published on: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has asked the Education Ministry to provide explanation to the management, parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), pertaining to schools at risk of serious disciplinary and drug problems.

MCPF senior Vice-Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, in a statement Saturday, said the authorities should be transparent and open when addressing the issue as to ensure that none of the schools was unjustly placed on the 'hotspot' list.

"I hope the Education Ministry can help explain to the management and PTA of the schools involved on why they were included on the 'hotspot' list since some of them claimed it was unfair to include them in the list.

"Officials from the ministry and police should also visit the schools to carry out a fair judgement," he said.

Lee said all parties and relevant stakeholders should play their roles to help the authorities address the disciplinary and drug problems in schools, as well as find an enduring solution to tackle the issue.

It was reported on Thursday that the ministry had identified 402 schools as being 'hot spots' for disciplinary and drug problems.

It was also reported that a committee had been set up at the ministry level to address the problems with the cooperation of the police, PTAs, NGOs and the alumni of the schools concerned.

Lee said the stakeholders should also support the ministry's plan to cooperate with other ministries and agencies under the National Blue Ocean Strategy approach to address the problem.

Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon assured parents that the 402 schools listed as disciplinary "hotspots" are still safe for students.

Chong said the schools on the leaked list will receive extra attention from the police and the Education Ministry, adding that parents need not transfer their children out from these schools.

"It is not that those schools are terrible or problematic. That perception is not correct," he said.

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