3 October 2017
The apparent attempts to turn schools into “political hotbeds” are eroding confidence in national schools, says the Parent Action Group for Education (Page).
Page said this in reference to an Umno-themed decoration contest and play at SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) which saw students chanting “Hidup Umno” (Long live Umno) and waving the party flags.
“It is regrettable that innocent school children are made pawns in political games that adults play.
“It now further confirms that all the effort that the education ministry is undertaking to make national schools the first choice of parents, is rapidly eroding.
“Such schools can now be perceived as political hotbeds,” it said in a statement today.
The event was attended by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who is also Putrajaya MP and Umno secretary-general.
The school’s headmaster Mohd Amin Hamzah had defended the programme, insisting that it was not political and the school was only carrying out an activity organised by the Education Ministry.
Page said in light of Mohd Amin’s statement, the Education Ministry must take responsibility.
It added that the Education Ministry cannot afford to see falling enrolment into national schools.
“This event appears to be a blatant and desperate attempt by Umno to guise a political ploy behind a school competition.
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Promoting Umno in schools a sign of desperation, say politicians, activists
PETALING JAYA: Politicians and an activist have slammed Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for abusing his powers to promote Umno in school instead of helping the government to promote quality education.
Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin said he should not mix politics with the functions of the government.
“It is an abuse of power. He is the government of the day and should not be mixing both.
“People vote the government to run the country for them and not to abuse it outright to recruit students. It is out of line,” she said.
Maria was asked to comment on a report that hundreds of pupils and teachers from SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) took part in a “class decoration and performance” competition with the theme “Umno and independence #Negaraku”.
During the function, Umno flags were draped all over the primary school.
The pupils also brandished Umno flags and sang the party’s anthem.
The report said at one point, a banner with the words “Hidup Umno, Hidup Melayu. Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya” (“Long Live Umno, Long Live Malays. Before, Now and Forever”) appeared on stage.
Tengku Adnan, in his speech, had urged teachers to join Umno. After the minister finished his speech, the pupils chanted “Hidup Umno!” (“Long live Umno!”).
Meanwhile, National Human Rights Society chairperson Ambiga Sreenivasan said it was unacceptable for Tengku Adnan to take politics to schools.
“Children should never be dragged into partisan politics in their schools. This is clearly a sign of desperation by Umno.”