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Penang School “Vandals” To Undergo Community Service, Says JPN

Penang School “Vandals” To Undergo Community Service, Says JPN

The group of secondary school boys will undergo a character and manners intervention in hopes that they will not repeat the same behaviours.

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A group of male students who vandalised school property to “celebrate” the start of school holidays are believed to be students of a secondary school in South Seberang Perai, Penang.

The Penang Education Department (JPN) in a statement said the students would undergo community service as a character and manners intervention.

Penang JPN added that the school authority called up the students and their parents on Saturday (18 February) to discuss the issue.

It’s hoped that the students will not repeat their behaviours after doing community service.

The education department also urged portals that uploaded the video without censoring the faces of the students to take down the video because it goes against Section 15 of the Children’s Act 2001.

Penang JPN reiterated its promise to ensure the well-being of students and teachers is given attention and a campaign to stop vandalism as well as a comprehensive action plan will be intensified in line with the seven cores of the Education Ministry.

They view the act of vandalism and gangsterism in schools seriously and reminded school administrators at all levels to take steps to curb and prevent such behaviours.

The cost of the school property damage is currently being assessed.

What happened?

Recently, a group of boys were caught on video destroying classroom chairs, ceiling fan, and even the toilet doors.

They allegedly did that to celebrate the start of the semester break and school holidays, which will end on 19 March 2023.

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek said the students should be given counselling and guidance. She also believes the students were motivated by something else to cause them to react that way.

READ MORE: School Students Allegedly Vandalised School Property To “Celebrate” Start Of Holidays

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