Education Ministry plans protest against Gaza offensivePosted: January 10, 2009
Nearly all the schoolchildren in the country will be mobilised to protest against the Gaza offensive by Israeli forces.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that about five million pupils and 360,765 teachers from more than 10,000 schools would be involved.
The article does not mention what age-group these school-going children are in. Is this protest, planned by the Ministry, going to include primary school children as well?
On the NST page, most, if not all of the comments following the article are against this idea of a massive protest using schoolchildren.
If I was still a student in Malaysia today, I’d rather I had a choice on whether or not to participate in this massive protest. As it stands, the article doesn’t provide much details, so I assume that participation from schools (staff and students) is not much of a choice.
I will not *assume* that schoolchildren don’t understand the situation in Gaza. But it is also not right to assume that all schoolchildren, especially those still in their younger years, will know what they are protesting against.
If any massive protest rally should be planned by the government, it shouldn’t be the Education Ministry. And participation should never be compulsory.