CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN MALAYSIAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: LEGAL AND EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
There is a need to consider whether the current school environment cum climate and punishment for indiscipline or behaviour management in Malaysia is relevant and effective in the current age. Foundational values primarily begins at home and in schools. In this regard the school is viewed not only as a place of learning but as a community of relationships where bonds are built where characters and values are shaped. It needs to be a conducive environment for the successful realisation of the Malaysian Education Blueprint (2013-2025) to develop value driven, tolerant and responsible Malaysians. It is a place to nurture inclusivity, respect for the person, consideration, cooperation, respect for diversity, unity, trust and other values desired under the Education Ministry. In this regard, this paper argues that Malaysia Education (School Discipline) Regulations 1959 which was made under a repealed Act need to be reconsidered for its effectiveness. The impact of corporal punishment and violence on children is covered in this paper in addition to relevant court decisions involving teachers and schools. Malaysia has acceded to the Convention for the Rights of the Children, this paper explores the compatibility of the convention with the School discipline Regulation 1959.
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