KANGAR, Wed. - All schoolchildren in Perlis will soon be required to attend martial arts classes as part of co-curriculur activities.
This is aimed at instilling discipline among them and, hopefully, preventing them from falling victim to school bullies.
With such training and discipline, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said here today, students might not behave like the Fifth Formers at the Sekolah Menengah Agama Padang Tengku in Kuala Lipis, Pahang, who assaulted 13-year-old Mohd Afiq Qusyairi.
Reiterating his earlier calls to students to take up martial arts, Shahidan said he had always had high regard for those who practised martial arts "as they often display a high degree of discipline".
"Which is why it is imperative for our children to learn martial arts in schools. be it silat, karate or taekwondo," he said when officiating at the fifth National Silat Youth championships at Dewan 2020 here last night.
He did not say when the classes would begin, but it is understood that the state Education Department has made the necessary preparations in time for the second school term, which begins in two weeks. He said the State Government would recruit qualified instructors from the National Sports Council to teach martial arts in schools.
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