Crime involving students has dropped

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of students brought to the Juvenile Court for committing crime in schools has dropped, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

In 2012 and 2013, 4,159 and 4,120 cases, respectively, were brought to court. In the following two years, the numbers dropped to 2,825 and 2,968.

These figures were revealed by Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid during the Minister’s Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat.

He was replying to an additional question raised by Nasruddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru), who had asked the higher education minister to state the number of students brought to Juvenile Court every year.

The original question was asked by Latiff Ahmad (BN-Mersing) on measures taken to curb bullying among students.

Mahdzir said the number of bullying cases in schools had also dropped from 0.08 per cent in 2012 to 0.06 per cent in 2016.

“Even though the bully cases have dropped, stern measures are still being taken,” he replied.

Some of the measures are distribution of circulars on discipline and gangsterism in schools, registering students in suitable intervention programmes, and promoting close relationships between parents and schools authorities.