ALOR STAR - Teachers should not be afraid to lodge a report should they be threatened by student bullies.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said teachers also should not be scared to highlight the matter for fear that it could compromise the school’s reputation.
He stressed that bullying can lead to gangsterism and it must be promptly addressed through report and action by both the teachers and the school.
“Most teachers do not come forward because they are afraid for their own safety and this where the role of the school administration is crucial in protecting the teachers,” Mahdzir said after a working visit to Kolej Vokasional Alor Star here this morning.
He acknowledged that there were incidents in several schools where the teachers themselves became victims of bullying, with students damaging the teachers’ cars in retaliation.
Mahdzir said although the number is small; it is still a cause for concern especially with regards to the safety of the teachers.
He said the ministry had made it clear that any reported bullying case should be investigated by the police and if there is an element of crime in the act, action can be against the students.
“If the bullying act has become outrageous then the school has the power to expel the students involved,” he said.
Mahdzir was responding to a claim made by the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) that some teachers are being blackmailed and had their cars vandalised for reprimanding students involved in disciplinary issue, as reported in a Malay daily today.