NAKA, Jun 11 – The Education Ministry will give more attention to category C schools as part of its efforts to eliminate drug abuse among students. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry is now working with agencies under the Home Ministry, like the National Anti Drug-Agency and the Malaysian Drug Prevention Association, to monitor the schools.
“We visited areas with high risk of drug abuse and there are places where proactive action has to be taken. Now the ministry, through the district education offices, will focus more on category C schools,” he told reporters after a Quran reading programme organised by the Padang Terap Umno division here today.
Category A schools are schools with good disciplinary record, Category B for schools with less disciplinary cases and Category C schools are those with many disciplinary cases involving truancy and drug abuse. Mahdzir, who is Padang Terap Member of Parliament, said drug problems among school students have reached a worrying stage as the supply could be obtained easily.
He added that the reason being that they now use synthetic drugs which can be obtained from various sources. As such, he suggested parents-teachers’ associations of schools and the Village Development and Security Committees to form special teams to monitor school students, instead of leaving the task to the authorities only. — Bernama