Education Minister Radzi Jidin recently visited a school in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, to obtain further information regarding the practice of period spot checks involving female students.
He said the education ministry took a serious view of claims that such checks were being conducted by teachers on students, as had previously gone viral on social media.
“My presence tonight is to listen and obtain direct feedback from students at the school in question,” he said in a Facebook post.
“We are also listening to the explanation of the principal and other teachers,” he said, adding that the details would be finalised soon.
Radzi also assured of the ministry’s commitment to ensuring that the practice does not continue.
“The education ministry is always committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable environment in schools and boarding schools,” he added.
Radzi had previously urged those with information on the matter to come forward and name the schools involved.
The controversial practice of period spot checks at schools has been a longstanding complaint from students and parents who say it is an invasion of privacy.
Checks are performed by female teachers to prevent students from skipping their prayers.
According to Islam, women who are having their periods are not allowed to attend congregational prayers.
However, such checks are seen as a violation of privacy, capable of causing trauma and embarassment to students.