Ministry wants answers to scissor in pupil’s eyebrow case

P Kamalanathan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident which resulted in a Year Six pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Khir Johari in Sabak Bernam, Selangor having a pair of scissors piercing his right eyebrow yesterday.

Its Deputy Minister P Kamalanathan said it was still too early to make any statement on the matter as the ministry had just received a report on it.

He was commenting on the incident that befell Asraf Saiefuddin Nuri Shamsuddin, 12, who had to endure more than an hour of pain after a pair of scissors became embedded in his right eyebrow.

According to media reports, the pupil was carrying out an activity with his classmates in the school laboratory when the incident occurred at around noon.

The victim who was holding a pair of scissors had gotten up from his chair and suddenly tripped over a table before falling off, causing the scissors to pierce into his eyebrow.

Kamalanathan has also advised teachers not to spread photographs or information of a sensitive nature, relating to the incident.

Earlier, Kamalanathan had attended the closing ceremony of the final round of the National ICT Security Discourse: CyberSafe Challenge Trophy organised by CyberSecurity here, yesterday.

In his speech, he said Malaysia’s economic competitiveness and future progress would be determined by the quality of the nation’s scientists, academicians, researchers and students.

“Such manpower has to be drawn especially from the field of engineering, science and technology. Therefore, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education or STEM should be given greater attention,” he said.

The National ICT Security Discourse events support and complement the STEM initiative in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which aims to achieve a 60:40 ratio of Science and Technical and Arts students.