| Faza Suraj |
FORTY Years 4 and 5 pupils from Sg Tali Primary School in Lumut, Belait District, received a visit from Royal Brunei Police Forces (RBPF) officers recently as part of the Motivational Awareness Programme.
The officials gave talks that addressed bullying.
Hjh Sarina binti Hj Yahya, Senior Administration Educational Officer, said, “The talk was to create awareness on the immorality of violence, especially at this age, when they are more susceptible to negative influences.
“The number of bullying cases has growing over the last few months, and one of the reasons could be due to the sudden increase in the population of pupils.
“Since the new housing scheme in Lumut, the number of students has gone from 300 last year to about 500 this year.
“Almost every day, we can see children fighting each other.”
She also expressed interest in involving parents in similar events in the future.
School counselor Suziana Ibrahim also expressed her concern.
“Some of these students are actually good children with no disciplinary problems at home. But maybe some parents are being too strict with their kids, and so they end up venting their frustrations in school, usually in the form of violence towards other students.
“I need help from parents, too. Teachers can only monitor the children when they are in school, and counselling is an ongoing process and the nature of any student cannot be changed overnight.”
One of the initiatives suggested by Suziana was the “buddy system” – students are assigned to a friend that can help them with their problems through communication.
The counselor agreed that one of the causes of bullying was due to parents’ expectations of their children.
Chief Inspector and Officer-in-Charge of Sungai Liang Police, Burhan bin Abang, who was one of the speakers, said, “We are here to educate the children about discipline and what disciplinary problems can lead to when they grow older.”
He added, “The school, organisations such as the Community Development Department, the police, the community and more importantly the parents must take part and have the same commitment to ensure that a solution can be found to some of the problems that the children are facing as they are the future of Brunei Darussalam.”
He highlighted that similar future programmes would be organised for secondary students.