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Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Kamalanathan: Schools may hire professional counsellors to help students

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is considering hiring professional counsellors in schools, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan (pic).

This came after recent reports of a 17-year-old student who is believed to have taken his own life after sitting for his SPM Additional Mathematics paper.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Kamalanathan: Schools may hire professional counsellors to help students

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is considering hiring professional counsellors in schools, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan (pic).

It was reported that Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon was tasked with setting up a committee to look into getting professional counsellors in schools to help students with their emotional issues.

This came after recent reports of a 17-year-old student who is believed to have taken his own life after sitting for his SPM Additional Mathematics paper.

“We are also trying to get our counsellors to undergo training again,” he said, adding that this was part of their continuous professional development.

On a different issue, Kamalana­than said all schools had been issued with a comprehensive standard guideline for safety.

He was responding to a question whether teachers here were prepared in the event of an attack, just like the incident in Paris where a teacher was attacked by an IS militant recently.

“The existing guidelines is quite comprehensive. We just need to ensure that the guidelines are adhered to by our teachers and schools,” he added.

He said while the guideline’s syllabus was comprehensive, it did not specifically mention terrorism.

“The syllabus changes from time to time and the ministry will include changes if it sees the need to,” he said at the Global Teacher Prize 2016 press conference here yesterday.

Two Malaysian teachers, Noorja­han Sultan, 44, and Vanesri Kasi, 25, are among 50 shortlisted candidates for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016.

They stand a chance to win US$1mil (RM4.3mil).

The award recognises an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

Kamalanathan said the nomination, which is an international recognition, showed that Malaysia had world class teachers, adding that he hoped the public would nominate more local teachers for the award in the future.

The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 16 next year.

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