Don’t hide cases of bullying, deputy minister urges schools

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching with schoolchildren at an event called KidsTakeover at the Parliament banquet hall in conjunction with World Children’s Day.

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching today advised schools against hiding cases of bullying.

“Even though a reporting system is in place, I do not deny that there are schools that may want to preserve their good name and, in the end, do not report such cases.”

She said schools should report all cases.

At present bullying only became a big issue if clips of the incidents went viral on social media, she added.

Teo said bullying in schools was up by 0.02% from 2018, according to official education ministry statistics.

The actual statistics are confidential, she said at the Parliament building after an event called KidsTakeover at the banquet hall in conjunction with World Children’s Day.

The event saw schoolchildren giving their recommendations on how to overcome bullying in schools.

Among their recommendations is to have an anti-bullying policy, which would include holistic reporting mechanisms, for victims and witnesses, and effective investigation guidelines.

Teo said she would be taking their suggestions to the minister. Any suitable recommendations will be implemented.