Clear directives needed to end period spot checks - SIS
10 Nov 2021
By Farah Salim
KUALA LUMPUR: The circular issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) directing the prohibition of physical check-ups, particularly period spot checks, is welcomed however there are a few details that are unclear, said Sisters In Islam (SIS).
The circular also mentioned that the Department of State Education and the District Education Office must be aware and to conduct continuous monitoring to ensure that period spot checks will not happen anymore.
Serious actions will be taken towards education institutions under the MoE who conduct period spot checks.
“Does the circular include private education institutions and education institutions under State governments and other governmental bodies such as religious schools and tahfiz schools?
“What are the guidelines if period spot checks are still conducted in education institutions? Are the students able to report to the school, principal or report straight to the police?
“What kinds of actions or punishments will be taken towards the individual/individuals who conduct period spot checks? Will counselling be provided for students who have undergone period spot checks?” SIS questioned.
It said period spot checks, especially in schools and institutions of learning, is a form of sexual harassment and physical assault and it must be stopped immediately.
“Without more specific and detailed measures, it remains to be seen whether the circular is sufficient to end this practice, especially in institutions that are not under the MoE. Schools and other education institutions must provide a safe place for their students.
“We also urge other education institutions that are not under the Ministry of Education (MoE) to issue the necessary directives and implement the required measures to ensure that our students are free from such violations,” the non-governmental organisation (NGO) stated.