Saturday February 3, 2018
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File photo of R. Muniandy giving a goodbye kiss to his daughter Vasanthapiriya during the wake in their home at Kampung Tong Hai, Nibong Tebal, Penang, February 1, 2018. — Picture by KE OoiFile photo of R. Muniandy giving a goodbye kiss to his daughter Vasanthapiriya during the wake in their home at Kampung Tong Hai, Nibong Tebal, Penang, February 1, 2018. — Picture by KE OoiKUALA NERANG, Feb 3 — The Education Ministry has expressed sympathy, sadness and condolences to the family of a form two student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Methodist, Nibong Tebal, Penang who died following a suicide attempt after being accused of stealing her teacher’s cellphone.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the incident should not have taken place and the ministry has left it to the police to investigate.

“We are very sympathetic and express our condolences to her family. I think we should allow a full investigation to be conducted before we act,” he told reporters at the 2018 Estate Run programme at the D’Belimbing Homestay here today.

In the meantime, Mahdzir said the teacher concerned had been transferred to the District Education Department while waiting for a full investigation to be carried out by the police and State Education Department.

On February 1, the student, M. Vasanthapiriya, died after a seven-day coma following an attempt to commit suicide by hanging herself in a room in her house after being accused of stealing a cellphone belonging to her teacher on January 24.

Meanwhile, Mahdzir said there must be improvements and adaptations of psychology from time to time to boost the knowledge (of psychology) among teachers.

“Psychology is already available and applied at the university level or at the Malaysian Institute of Teacher Education but we can look at it from the aspect of reform and improvement so that these teachers better understand how to deal with students in such a situation,” he said. —

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