SCHOOLS SHOULD HIRE ONLY SKILLED AND CAPABLE SECURITY COMPANIES

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) -- School authorities should only hire

security companies which have the skills and capacity to ensure students''

safety, said Education deputy minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

Schools should select companies which adhered to Standard Operating

Procedures (SOP) on safety matters within and outside the school compounds, he

added.

"I urge all security companies with contracts of service with schools to

ensure their personnel are trained, have clean records and follow the SOP,

especially to monitor movements in and out of the school compounds," he told

reporters after closing the Mekar Language and Literature Day here today.

Dr Puad also welcomed Home Affairs minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun

Hussein''s recent suggestion to place People''s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members to

guard the immediate vicinity of schools.

The language and literature day was held for the first time by Dewan Bahasa

and Pustaka to encourage the correct use of Bahasa Melayu among primary and

secondary school children.

--BERNAMA

PWNW RV PA

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