By Minderjeet Kaur
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Go back to the basics in selecting head prefects in schools.
Their capabilities and leadership qualities should be the main criteria, not just popularity, said Education Director-General Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom.
"Criteria such as leadership qualities, personality and elements of responsibility must be there. Selection should not be based simply on popularity. We should revert to the old way of doing this; go back to the basics," he said yesterday.
Alimuddin was responding to the ban on school elections imposed by the ministry.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong was quoted as saying on Saturday that Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had ordered that school elections be banned.
A circular had been issued to all schools, Wee had said.
Alimuddin said each school had a committee to select the head prefect.
"This is what we have been doing all these years and there has been no problem. I believe headmasters and teachers know best whom they want as head prefect. So, there is no need for elections."
He cautioned schools to adhere to the ruling. "There are no two ways about this."
SMK Raja Uda in Bayan Baru, Penang, and SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail and SK Bukit Damansara here were among those schools that had held polls to elect head prefects.
"Those that have had elections before, let it be," Alimuddin said.