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No more democracy in schools?

 | June 21, 2012

An Education Ministry circular bans the election of class monitors.

PETALING JAYA: Is the government trying to stifle democracy at the school level?

In a Twitter message this morning, Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh provided a link to an education ministry circular that instructed schools to stop the election of class monitors.

The circular, dated Feb 12, 2010, was addressed to all state education departments. It said the decision was made in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Feb 10.

“The Cabinet decided that election to appoint class monitors to be halted immediately,” the circular said. “Instead, class monitors will be appointed by the schools’ respective principals or headmasters.”

It bore the signature of Alimuddin Mohd Dom, who was then the director-general of the education ministry.

FMT could not reach the current director-general, Abdul Ghafar Mahmud, for his comments.


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