PUTRAJAYA: Parents will receive a warning letter if their children fail to attend school for three consecutive days without a valid reason, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Parents must also not side with their truant children by giving reasons like “self-study”.
Truancy, he said, remained a main disciplinary problem as it could lead to other issues like getting involved in drugs, gangsterism and drinking alcohol, among others.
“Some students do not want to attend school before examinations, claiming that they want to study at home. However, that is considered playing truant,” Dr Wee said after launching the 2011 programme to curb disciplinary problems in schools.
Students can be expelled if they do not attend school for 30 days consecutively.
Next year, he said, the programme would focus on those studying in Felda where truancy was a serious problem.
There were 111,484 disciplinary cases this year, of which 35% involved primary school pupils, he added.
Dr Wee said the ministry would work with universities to conduct studies and find solutions to handle disciplinary problems among pupils in Years Four, Five and Six.
He said some parent-teacher associations took the initiative to install closed-circuit television cameras in schools to curb indiscipline.
The 2011 programme was in response to Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s call to revamp the current implementation and management of disciplinary cases in schools.
Under the year-long programme, discipline teachers and school prefects would be trained on regulations and enforcement and the police would also be actively involved as liaison officers.
Other measures included road shows and an online system for schools to record and manage disciplinary cases.