Bullying in schools in our country persists, adversely affecting students’ well-being. Instances range from verbal abuse to cyberbullying, creating a hostile environment that hampers learning. The Malaysian education system is actively addressing this issue, implementing awareness campaigns and stricter disciplinary measures. However, challenges remain, highlighting the need for continued efforts to foster a safe and inclusive educational environment for all students.
The Education Ministry (MOE) has increased the number of school hostel wardens by 63% since August 1, 2022, ensuring a minimum of three wardens in each dormitory. This initiative, as conveyed to the Dewan Rakyat, aims to proactively address and prevent bullying in schools.
Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek mentioned that the ministry regularly organizes upskilling campaigns for wardens and head wardens, aligning with the School Governance Guidelines (MySG) for wardens. Fadhlina added that the ministry has implemented the home system in school dormitories as a strategy to enhance human capital, emphasizing knowledge and exceptional personality traits. Additionally, there are programs designed to cultivate the character of secondary school students, demonstrating the commitment to holistic development.
“All these programmes have been carried out, including those implemented under the Bullying Intervention Guidelines, in all educational institutions under the MOE,” she stated.
In response to a follow-up query about the measures taken by the ministry to thwart bullying in schools, Fadhlina Sidek conveyed this information. Fadhlina emphasized that the Ministry of Education (MOE) consistently prioritizes the well-being and safety of students across its supervised institutions.
In instances of school-related incidents, both those affected and responsible individuals will be directed to counseling teachers for comprehensive counseling sessions. This approach underscores the ministry’s commitment to addressing issues through supportive measures, ensuring the emotional and psychological welfare of students in the educational system.
The ministry has a dedicated team to handle such issues, ensuring teachers offer timely intervention and protection to safeguard the welfare and safety of victims during ongoing investigations. Fadhlina emphasized that any instances of bullying must be promptly reported to the school principal, triggering subsequent actions. This response came during a supplementary question concerning the ministry’s measures to address the mental health impact of bullying on students.
Prioritizing mental health is crucial for overall well-being. It enhances resilience, fosters emotional balance, and promotes optimal cognitive functioning. Acknowledging, addressing mental health issues among students and taking necessary initiatives to help them contributes to well-being, improved productivity in class emphasizing the integral connection between mental and physical health.
Hence, the significant increase of hostel wardens by 63% marks and conducting additional campaigns for them marks a proactive step by education ministry to curb bullying in schools. This decisive measure reflects a commitment to creating safer environments for students. As the education system evolves, addressing such issues is pivotal for fostering a conducive and secure learning atmosphere for all.