MUAR: The Education Ministry will be working with the police to provide information to students on the dangers of terrorist ideology and the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
Deputy Education Minister II Senator Chong Sin Woon said for the time being, most of the guidance were in the form of talks conducted by police and other security agencies at various places including schools.
“Together with the police and security forces, we will start disseminating information in schools this year,” he told reporters after visiting Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Pu Nan, Bukit Bakri, here today.
Chong was commenting on the efforts of the ministry to curb students from being easily influenced by terrorist ideology especially IS.
Recently, on Dec 31, a Malaysian student in Egypt became the first student to be charged at the Sessions Court in Sepang for supporting the terrorist group, al-Qaeda.
In another development, Chong told parents whose children received damaged textbooks to complain to the school or to the ministry to enable replacement to be made which was better than complaining on social websites.
Chong said the process of replacement would be easier as the ministry had put in place a mechanism to process textbook replacement.
He was commenting on a Chinese daily report which highlighted the disappointment of parents on the poor quality of textbooks received.
Meanwhile, 1,673 new teachers would be posted to 1,296 SJKC nationwide to overcome the lack of teachers on Jan 18.
Chong said the problem of teacher shortage at SJKC almost every year affected teaching and lessons in such schools.
In conjunction with the first 2016 school term, Chong also visited Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tun Dr Ismail in Bukit Bakri, here. – BERNAMA