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A student was forced to stand in the sun, and Suhakam said that the case should be looked into

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  • Suhakam has been urged to investigate the case of an 11-year-old pupil forced to stand in the sun as punishment.
  • The incident has raised concerns about student welfare and the methods of discipline used in Malaysian schools.
  • There is a call for systemic changes and more humane approaches to discipline to protect students' rights and well-being.

In a recent incident that has raised significant concerns about student welfare and rights within the Malaysian education system, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has been urged to investigate a case involving an 11-year-old pupil who was allegedly forced to stand in the sun for nearly three hours as a form of punishment. This case has highlighted the urgent need for stricter measures to protect students from potential abuse and misconduct within educational institutions.

The incident occurred when a teacher at the school ordered the young boy to stand in the middle of a field under the scorching sun from 10 am to about 12:50 pm. The boy's mother has expressed her outrage and distress over the treatment of her son, describing it as a severe form of punishment that could have had serious health implications. "No child should be subjected to such harsh and inhumane treatment," she stated.

James Nayagam, a prominent human rights advocate, has called on Suhakam to initiate its own investigation into the matter. He emphasized that while the family should file a formal complaint, Suhakam has the authority to independently investigate such cases to ensure justice and accountability. "Suhakam can and should take the lead in investigating this incident to prevent any recurrence and to uphold the rights of students," Nayagam said.

The police have reportedly concluded their investigation into the incident, but the outcome has not been satisfactory to the boy's family and child rights activists. They argue that the conclusion of the police probe does not address the broader issue of child protection and the need for systemic changes within the education system to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.

This case has sparked a broader conversation about the methods of discipline used in schools and the potential for abuse. Child rights organizations have pointed out that such punitive measures can have long-lasting psychological and physical effects on children. They advocate for more humane and constructive approaches to discipline that respect the dignity and rights of students.

The Malaysian education system has been under scrutiny for various issues related to student welfare and rights. This incident adds to the growing list of concerns that need to be addressed to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. The call for Suhakam's involvement underscores the importance of having an independent body to oversee and investigate allegations of misconduct and abuse in schools.

The case of the pupil forced to stand in the sun serves as a stark reminder of the need for vigilance and proactive measures to protect the rights and well-being of students. It is imperative that educational institutions, authorities, and human rights organizations work together to create a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. The involvement of Suhakam in this investigation could be a crucial step towards achieving this goal.

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