SCHOOL SAFETY: Consider input from public, too

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

By TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE 0 comments

THE Education Ministry stated recently (NST, June 16) that it would standardise the security at schools registered with it to provide a safer environment for students, following recent reports of student safety under threat.
All government-aided schools would have to manage six standard safety-related measures in the next few months, says deputy director-general Sufaat Tumin, including safety during school activities, school security guards, school infrastructure, social ills, security during crises and disasters and safety in the face of threats.

According Sufaat, schools must pass an evaluation to be labelled as “safe”. Schools that can afford closed-circuit television systems will be encouraged to do so with the support of parent-teacher associations and security companies.
The job scope of school guards will also be extended to become traffic wardens.

The proposed measures to beef up security in all schools is a step in the right direction.

It is a subject of vital importance as security in schools and safety for all students must never be compromised under whatever circumstances.

I applaud the various security measures that are being discussed to beef up school security. The ministry should also consider other useful input from the public for the same purpose.

Speaking about safety, a significant problem today is related to school infrastructure, building and facilities.

Safety audits are recommended for all schools to determine the safety aspects of all parts of the school buildings.

Not so long ago, it was reported that from a physical audit on 9,600 schools nationwide, it was found that some 576 schools needed upgrading and RM500 million had to be set aside for the exercise.

Here lies the importance of bringing occupational safety and health awareness to all schools and making it a safety issue.

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE, CHAIRMAN
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Read more: SCHOOL SAFETY: Consider input from public, too – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/school-safety-consider-input-from-public-too-1.101753#ixzz1zc56Lro9

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