Tell me, if you are a kid whom had been bullied…..
you are afraid to tell your parents,
tell your teachers
or your headmaster.
You live in fear, terrorised and traumatised.
How then, do you think the poor kid dare to make an official complaint to the Ministry of Education?!?!?!?
Those who wish to complain about school bullies can call 1-800-884774, SMS to 33238, fax 03-88886681, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to http://apps.emoe.gov.my/sad/
Taken from The Star.
I can tell you. Even as an adult who knows my rights in this democratic country, I would feel my balls shrunken (oops, I got no balls, only guts) if I have to log on to the website, fill in the form with my real name and real IC number and lodge the complaint. I have to specify which is my school, what is the nature of bullying etc etc.
Heck, I even chicken out of leaving anon flaming comments on people’s blog! How then can you expect a child that had been bullied to log on to the website of the MOE and tell the Minister something that he/she dare not even tell her/his own parents/guardians/prefects/teachers/headmasters?
Link to the form here.
Think what kind of impression are we giving to the children? That they have the right to over-ride all the authorities and go straight to the highest authority? How many staffs do they have that can afford time to actually check each complaint individually? We know kids make prank 999 calls. What gives the impression that some rascals will not make false reports? How do you think the people in authorities in the school will react if they are questioned over all these?
I really like the style which the MOE tries to go down to the level of the kids. They want to be kids-friendly, which is very commendable. But things can be done with more forethoughts? (like the handphone issue?)
For example – Educate us parents how to watch out for signs that our children are being bullied?
B. Jeya said her school already worked with the police force to counter bullying.
Instead of swooping down on these problematic students (remember some school children being dragged to the police station?) and treating them as criminals, maybe we should first ponder why there is an increase in crimes?
It takes a country to bring up a child.
BTW, if you surf to the eMOE site, don’t forget to vote. Last I read, 74% voters said the website is TIDAK (not) helpful.