Monday, February 18, 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA is considering allowing schools to cane unruly girls to curb an upsurge in discipline problems including gang fights and bullying, reports said on Wednesday.
Currently only boys are caned in Malaysian schools, but only rarely and for serious offences. The punishment is administered on the buttocks or the palm of the hand.
Deputy Education Minister, Noh Omar said a national education seminar this week had backed the proposal.
'This is because there are more girls in schools and some of them are becoming very problematic. Discipline problems are not confined to boys any more,' he told reporters.
KUALA LUMPUR: This year's Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2008 will be grander than before and is expected to attract about 1.5million visitors.
The fair, to be held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here from April 4-13, will also feature the first International Convention of the Book Industry from April 4-5. “The convention is for those in the industry to exchange opinions and ideas, and we hope this book fair will become as prominent as the London or Frankfurt Book Fair," said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar at a press conference here on Wednesday.
SUNGAI BESAR: Four teachers and 143 students from SM Agama Simpang Lima have been put in isolation after 13 of their schoolmates were admitted to hospital for viral influenza.
Those now quarantined in the school hostel would be getting round-the-clock medical attention from five doctors stationed there.
The outbreak started on Jan 24 with 10 students from the boarding school showing symptoms like blocked nose, cough and high fever
However, they were allowed to return to their hostels after receiving outpatient treatment at the clinic in nearby Sabak Bernam.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar said more students started showing symptoms of the influenza soon after and 13 had to be admitted to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital
NOTA: Noh, he sure got style.