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Independent on line, South Africa, 3 September 2007
Students may get public caning
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia announced on Monday it is considering
re-introducing the previously banned act of public caning in
schools as a deterrent to undisciplined students, an official
news report said.
Currently, school principals are allowed to cane trouble-making
students but only in a private room with another teacher present
as a witness, Deputy Education Minister Noh Omar said.
"We need to discuss the matter and take into consideration
that public caning was introduced in 1959," Noh was quoted
by the Bernama news agency as saying in parliament on Monday.
The government banned public caning in 2004 but allowed school
headmasters to cane students in their rooms with a witness.
Noh was responding to calls by teachers and parents for the
government to enforce stricter rules to control undisciplined
students, especially those found to have a history of violence
One local lawmaker recently suggested that public caning would be
effective in stopping students from creating serious disciplinary
problems as their image would be tarnished in front of other
Noh said the government would consider all other options before
deciding on whether to reverse the ban on public caning.
"All principals of fully residential schools will be given
courses to remind them of the dangers of ragging or
'orientation,'" he said.
"We will also invite the police to give talks to the senior
students on the matter before the new school term begins."
Recently, several cases of bullying by older students have
been highlighted in the local media with many of the young
victims suffering from serious injuries and sometimes even death.
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