MOE visits KL college after students claim they were forced to undergo period spot checks

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Education Minister Radzi Jidin visited a vocational college in Kuala Lumpur last night, 26 October, after allegations that period spot checks were conducted at the institution last week

The allegation came to light when women’s rights advocate and gender equality researcher at ISIS Malaysia, Tashny Sukumaran, posted on Twitter that a student studying at ERT Vocational College in Setapak reached out to her about the incident.

The student alleged that she and about 30 other young women aged 18 and 19 were rounded up and given cotton buds to prove they were on their periods at 7.50pm last Monday, 18 October.

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MOE Visits KL College After Students Claim They Were Forced To Undergo Period Spot Checks
A student claimed she and 30 others were rounded up and given cotton buds to show proof of their period blood.

By May Vin Ang — 27 Oct 2021, 01:10 PM

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Education Minister Radzi Jidin visited a vocational college in Kuala Lumpur last night, 26 October, after allegations that period spot checks were conducted at the institution last week

The allegation came to light when women’s rights advocate and gender equality researcher at ISIS Malaysia, Tashny Sukumaran, posted on Twitter that a student studying at ERT Vocational College in Setapak reached out to her about the incident.

The student alleged that she and about 30 other young women aged 18 and 19 were rounded up and given cotton buds to prove they were on their periods at 7.50pm last Monday, 18 October.

The student told the former journalist that the college has been carrying out the practice for a long time

“According to her, these period checks had stopped for awhile after the furor earlier this year, but began again just because someone performed their prayers alone instead of with others at the hostel surau,” Tashny tweeted.

She added that the students tried to push back against the instructions given but were ignored.

“If you feel uncomfortable about it, then perform your prayers,” they were allegedly told, implying the students were using menstruation as an excuse to escape congregational prayers.

On her Twitter thread posted at 2pm on Tuesday, 26 October, Tashny urged Radzi and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to urgently look into the matter.

About six hours later on Twitter, Radzi’s communications team said the minister himself will visit the college in Setapak

The team responded that Radzi had just finished visiting schools in Sarawak, and upon reading Tashny’s Twitter thread, will make his way to the school immediately after landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

At about 11pm, they announced that the minister had arrived at the school and was personally questioning the students in absence of their wardens and teachers.

In a Facebook statement later, Radzi said that he is taking the allegations seriously.

“I visited tonight to listen and to get feedback straight from the students at the school involved. Besides that, we have also listened to the explanations given by the teachers and the school principal,” he said, and also assured that they will investigate the matters raised during the visit.

“If such practices are found at any institution under MOE, we are committed to ensure that they no longer continue,” he said.

During the visit, the minister was also accompanied by MOE secretary-general Yusran Shah Mohd Yusof and director-general Nor Zamani Abdol Hamid.

Meanwhile, Tashny tweeted to confirm that the Education Minister met the students without their teachers present

“He also took notes, and his wife and several female officers were there. My sources say [the students] felt more comfortable because of this,” she said.

Tashny also updated later that the students hope that the college’s Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar (student representative council) are taken to task for being the main instigator of the issues at their school.

“They also don’t want severe punishments doled out, but want structural changes [to be set in place] so this doesn’t happen again,” she said. – Adapted from Says

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