Schools should not wash their hands off student brawls: KPAI

Schools should not wash their hands off student brawls: KPAI

Police seized knives from students involved in brawls in Cibinong, West Java. (ANTARA /Yulius Satria Wijaya )

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) Commissioner Putu Elvina has appealed to schools to not wash their hands off student brawls.

In a written message received here on Saturday, Elvina remarked that schools should not deny the right to education to students involved in brawls.

"A system-based solution must be built, so that as long as a student goes through the legal process until a decision is taken in court, he or she should still be able to enjoy the right to education even though via an informal system," Elvina stated.

Hence, she has urged various parties to sit together to find a way out, so that brawls should not become a permanent feature among students in Indonesia.

Educational institutions, as a representation of the state, must be present to ensure that children`s rights are fulfilled and protected despite their legal status.

"The threat of suspending a student engaged in a brawl from school will not solve the problem, as it will also have an impact on other social problems," she noted.

According to Elvina, the KPAI has recorded that some 202 children were involved in legal cases owing to their involvement in brawls in the span of two years until 2018, including 74 cases of children found to be in possession of sharp weapons.

Earlier, on September 1, 2018, a brawl broke out between groups of teenagers, who were still students of a school on Jalan R. Soepena in Kebayoran Lama Sub-district, South Jakarta, that led to the death of a student.

Reporting by Dewanto Samodro
Editing by Otniel, Yoseph

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