GEORGE TOWN – The Education Ministry has resolved the alleged bullying and gangsterism incidents at SMK Bandar Tasek Mutiara and students who were suspended are urged to appeal for reinstatement.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan (pix) said the school authorities and the education department were now looking for an amicable solution, not only for the current case but for a long term solution.
He said the Seberang Prai Selatan District Police headquarters had also agreed to adopt the school, with personal supervision, to ensure such issues will not recur.
“Our intention is to ensure such incidents do not recur and an Indian police officer has been appointed to assist the school in handling such matters,” he told reporters after officiating the Penang Free School Mega Carnival in conjunction with its bicentenary celebration this year, here today.
Kamalanathan also hoped that the two students who have yet to appeal, would do so soon in order to stand a chance of being reinstated.
“According to the Penang Education department, four students were suspended, but two of them appealed and were reinstated,” he said.
It was reported on April 3 that a group of people had held a protest outside the school in Simpang Ampat, Nibong Tebal, accusing it of ignoring pleas for action over alleged bullying and gangsterism in the school.
However, Kamalanathan said police were currently investigating alleged gangsterism activities while one of the school’s senior officer has been transferred out of the school.
“We are not dictated by opinion of an individual on what we should do in an education ministry. Investigation is going on and we cannot punish people if there is no wrongdoing as we have already transferred him,” he said when responding to a calls by Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, who wants firm action against the teacher of the school where reports of alleged bullying and gangsterism occurred.
Kamalanathan said the state MIC was working closely with the parents, the school authorities and the education department to find an amicable solution to ensure such incidents will not recur in future. â€” Bernama