Bullying in school has been a common problem for a while now, and over the years, schools and teachers alike have been looking for ways to minimise that number.
If you're worried about school bullying, well, don't be, as the Education Ministry believes the situation is under control.
There's only one tiny problem...
Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said that school bullying cases have dropped significantly this year compared to last year.
In a written reply
to Tebrau District MP Steven Choong Shiau Yoon, who raised the issue of an increase in school bullying cases since 2016, Dr Mohd Radzi said that the ministry recorded fewer cases in 2020.
Based on the data provided by the Sistem Sahsiah Diri Murid (SSDM) system, only 0.04 per cent of bullying cases were recorded between January and September this year, compared to 0.12 per cent during the same period last year.
The percentage of bullying cases were 0.07 per cent in 2016, 0.06 per cent in 2017 and 0.09 per cent in 2018.
While the drop in percentage is encouraging, there's just a minor flaw with the statement: schools have not been opened a lot this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools nationwide were forced to shut down in March due to the movement control order (MCO), and the subsequent control orders after that meant that schools could not remain open for a long period of time.
Hence, it would make sense that school bullying cases would take a dip this year as no schools were open almost the entire 2020.
Of course, netizens were quick to point out that fact as well:
But hey, as long as the numbers did not increase this year, the Education Ministry should log that as a small win, right?