Fights among students becoming a trend: Cops
Published on: Friday, January 04, 2019

Sandakan: Police here arrested 49 students throughout 2018 for involvement in various offences in the district. Deputy chief police of Sandakan, Supt Abdul Fuad Abdul Malek, said police will not compromise with students and will take action accordingly to the law. He said quarrels involving students from different schools had become a trend here.

"Police, hoping similar incidents will not recur, and vow to take stern action against students involved in fights," he said at a back-to-school programme at Sekolah Menengah (SM) St Michael Sandakan.

Also present was principal Henley Liew Yun, teachers and students.

The annual event is a police commitment with the Ministry of Education to solve disciplinary problems among students, especially crime and drug abuse.

A School Liaison Officer (PPS) and Assistant School Liaison Officers have been established in every school comprising officers and members of the police.

"Their duties and responsibilities are to work together with the school management in discussing and solving problems related to student discipline in schools besides carrying out essential duties as policemen," said Fuad.

In TAWAU, district police chief ACP Fadil bin Marsus said schools are the first vital platform in shaping student discipline so that they grow up to be obedient individuals who adhere to rules and regulations.

Speaking at the back-to-school programme held at 42 primary and 13 secondary schools in Tawau, Thursday, he said the police are very concerned about social problems and criminal misconduct among the younger generation, especially students.

In this regard, the police constantly monitor students involved in disciplinary misconduct, moreover in contributing to criminal acts.

In LABUAN, some 16,633 students registered at secondary schools, primary schools and pre-schools across the island when the 2019 school session began Wednesday.

Labuan Education Department Director Raisin Saidin said there was an increase of 606 students compared to 16,027 students in 2018.

For Primary One, a total of 1,635 pupils started their schooling session at 17 primary schools here, while the total number of preschoolers recorded were 807 students.

"This brings the total of primary and pre-school students to 10,427 and the other 5399 are secondary school students," he revealed.

Raisin said his department and schools here are still waiting for the process of accepting non-residential students which is expected to be cleared up by Jan 15.

"We are also ready to accept students from other states whose parents were posted or shifted to Labuan," he said.

He also assured that all necessary amenities, including textbooks, will be supplied directly to students in stages.

Raisin when visiting SK Layang-Layangan primary school here, reminded parents that examinations for the lower primary students (primary one to three) have been abolished.

"Their learning will be centred on more innovative and entertaining approaches, creative thinking, quizzes, storytelling, individual and group learning as well as educational projects to sharpen their talent, potential and collaboration among the students," he explained.

Raisin added that during the transition period (2019-2020), students are free to use either black school shoes or white school shoes and should not pose as an issue as it would only be fully enforced from 2021.

In RANAU, 1,722 children enrolled for Primary One.

The number is 277 fewer compared to last year's enrolment of 1,999 students.

Ranau Chief Education Officer, Siti Hamne Hashim, said those enrolled to Primary One are locals except one student in SK Kinirasan who is a child to immigrant parents.

"This student is a child to an Indonesian and a Filipino parent and is being charged a fee of RM120 as what is required by the rules and regulation for non-citizen children," she said.

Siti Hamne said the process of accepting students to the new schooling period this year was in orderly manner. - Winnie Kasmir, Iffah Dilaney, Clarence GD and Christy Chok


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