Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry received 2,617 reports on school bully cases last year compared to 2,889 in 2009 and 3,107 in 2008.
“Parents ... should not leave their children’s upbringing solely to the teachers. — Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
This is a good sign for our effort in tackling the problem,” he said to reporters after launching the E-Buli portal at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Tanjung Malim recently.
Also present were UPSI vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Aminah Ayob and more than 50 representatives from parent-teacher associations and public and private institutions of higher learning.
The portal, set up to assist bully victims, can be accessed through
Dr Mohd Puad, however, said that the reduction in cases was not a licence for the parties to be complacent but to regard it as a motivation to continue the good work.
“Overcoming this unhealthy trend lies in good personality formation.
“In this respect, parents play a crucial role, which means they should not leave their children’s upbringing solely to the teachers, he said.”
He said that teachers, on the other hand, should not bind themselves to their traditional duty of merely providing education but to also help shape their students’ personality.
Dr Mohd Puad also expressed concern that students were not fully utilising the technology available to them.
“We are providing students with netbooks through the 1Malaysia Netbook Programme as we want them to be able to access knowledge digitally.
“But many have been found to use the Internet for activities that do not benefit them,” he said. — Bernama
Source:The STAR Education July 17, 2011