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SEREMBAN – Schools which have active participation from the local community generally see fewer cases of bullying, says Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

The Deputy Education Minister said this clearly showed how important it was for parents to get involved in Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) in schools to effectively monitor their children and their activities.

“Some parents think that it is the sole responsibility of the school to take care of and nurture their children.

“They have no idea what their children are doing in school.

“So when they get a call from teachers that their children are causing problems, they would find it hard to accept,” he said after attending a Hari Raya do at the Negri Sembilan Education Department.

Chong said although schools had disciplinary teachers and prefects to monitor students, nothing much could be done if they misbehaved outside the school’s premises.

“This is where the local community and non-governmental organisations can come in.

“They should always share whatever information they have with schools so that we can effectively check bullying outside the school’s parameters,” he said.

Chong stressed that parents were free to meet the school’s authorities if they wished to share their ideas on improvising things.

“Our doors are always open. We will entertain every complaint and ensure all are resolved in the best interest of all,” he said, adding that PTAs could also set up their own forum on social media to share information. – The Star Online

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