Ministry of Education to review guidelines on selection of guest speakers for school programs, says minister

Senior Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said among the things that would be fine-tuned was the level of freedom given to schools in choosing the external lecturers they invite. — photo by Bernama

Monday, September 12, 2022 6:34 p.m. GMT

PUTRAJAYA, September 12 – The Ministry of Education (MoE) will review guidelines on the selection of speakers for programs in schools including motivational sessions, Chief Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md has said Jidin.

Speaking to the media after attending the event “Transforming Education: Safe and Conducive Educational Infrastructure” here today, Radzi said that among the things that would be fine-tuned was the level of freedom granted to schools in the choice of external lecturers they have invited.

“If we don’t monitor, there are over 10,000 schools, and we’re going to see various approaches used by schools for motivational programs.

“If we specify everything, then they will say that the ministry wants to control everything, why not give autonomy to the schools? This is the challenge we face,” he said, commenting on recently reported sexual abuse cases involving an independent speaker.

The male celebrity who was arrested by police in Selangor on Thursday is said to have met his victims during a school motivational programme. So far, six police reports have reportedly been filed against the man who has been remanded in custody for six days until September 14.

Radzi said existing guidelines and circulars will continue to be enforced and enforced until the specific guidelines are developed.

“We have to find the right balance, in each of these areas we have to do research before we decide anything,” he said.

Radzi said the Ministry of Education takes the issue seriously and at the same time wants to ensure schools are a safe place for students.

“All schools have good intentions, they want to have speakers from various backgrounds to motivate these students, but sometimes cases like the one discussed can happen,” he said. — Bernama