Ministry of Education to review guidelines for selecting motivational speakers, says Radzi

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Education will review the guidelines for the selection of motivational speakers to ensure a safer environment in schools.

Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said this was to avoid any untoward incidents, such as sexual abuse, against students.

“There are many approaches currently used by schools when organizing motivational programs.

“We are aware of this and we want to study the existing guidelines,” he said during a press conference after the Fueling Education Transformation: Safe And Conducive Infrastructure event at Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah here on Monday, September 12.

Radzi added that while it was important to give more autonomy to schools, it needed a comprehensive follow-up.

“When there is no comprehensive monitoring, it will lead to problems. We are looking into the flaws in the system,” he said.

Radzi was commenting on the recent arrest of a motivational speaker for alleged sexual abuse of four teenagers.

Selangor Police Chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed in a September 10 statement said police had received four reports of alleged abuse on August 30.

Reports have been filed in Klang, Shah Alam and Kajang.

All of the reports were made by four people, aged 17 and 18, who claimed they had been sexually abused, the assailant being a known motivational speaker.

“Investigations have shown that the suspect, in his 40s, knew the four victims during motivational programs in Selangor.

“After getting to know them, the suspect would sexually abuse the victims,” Arjunaidi said.

The suspect had been remanded in custody until September 14 and investigations were ongoing in connection with the 2017 child sex offense.