KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — The School Management Division of the Education Ministry will hold a meeting with the Home Ministry, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and police on student safety issue while traveling to and from schools.
Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the ministry viewed seriously the recent incidents involving pupils which not only caused injuries but also loss of life.
He said the discussion would identify the schools that were located at the country’s accident prone areas.
“In this case, the ministry welcomes the Home Ministry’s offer to use the services of Rela to control the traffic in school compounds due to the increase number of road accidents involving students,” he said in a statement today.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the matter could be discussed by schools, Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and Rela.
On September 21, a Year Four pupil of SK Teluk Medan in Bagan Serai, Perak, was killed after he was knocked down by a chicken feed laden trailer while crossing the road in front of his school.
A day earlier, another Year Four student of SK Santong, Dungun, Terengganu was also killed after being hit by a car while crossing a road to school.
Khair said the state education departments, district education offices and schools were urged to comply with the related circulars such as the Professional Circular No. 8/1999: Students Safety Traveling To and From Schools.
Others are Professional Circular No. 10/2009: The Implementation of Road Safety Education Programme in Bahasa Malaysia in Primary Schools and Professional Circular No. 8/2011: Students Safety Management in Schools.
Meanwhile, Rela director-general Datuk Kamariah Mohd Noah told Bernama that the department had no problem in deploying its members to help control the traffic in schools.
She said two Rela personnel could be deployed in a school.
“But it would depend on the traffic condition and the risk in the area. Up to four personnel can be deployed,” she said. — Bernama