• Identification Of 'Hotspot' Schools In Need Of CCTVs In Progress

    Reporter: Dayyan Mikhail
    Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018
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    PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is currently identifying hotspot schools with disciplinary issues where closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems will be installed.

    Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan said CCTVs will help curb security and behavioural issues at problem schools.

    "We are currently studying (which) schools – especially those in high risk areas – need CCTVs installed," he said on Thursday.

    Kamalanathan added that financially-sound schools which can afford to have their own systems installed are welcome to do so.

    "There are (several) schools (which already have) CCTV features (on their premises), funded by Parent-Teacher Associations (Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG)), or private associations.

    "Therefore, we welcome more schools following suit if their finances permit," he added.

    It was reported last month that 100 schools throughout the country will be equipped with centralised CCTV systems which will be monitored by police.

    Kamalanathan also made the assurance that the privacy of both students and teachers will not be infringed by the national move.

    On another matter, he said Tamil school students will now be able to take Tamil Literature as a subject in school.

    It will be offered as part of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination for Form Four and Form Five students.

    "(After) noting that there are students who are interested in taking up the subject, (it was decided that the) subject will be offered at school.

    "It was previously only offered as an examination subject," he added.

    The ministry's curriculum development division is in the process of drafting the curriculum for the subject, which will be implemented in 2020.

    "This will involve students who entered Form One in 2017 and will be in Form Four in 2020," he said.

    Kalamanathan said 9,139 students have enrolled for Tamil subjects for this year’s SPM examination, compared to the enrolment rate of 3,139 students last year.

    "The students' passing rate rose up to 80 to 90 per cent last year, proving that students taking up Tamil subjects are showing more interest in it ," he added.-NST

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