The Implementation of the Penalty System Program for Vandalism in School: A Case Study

By Khalim Zainal and Norshidah Mohamad Salleh.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Disciplinary problems among school children in most part of the world have become a major topic of discussion among the community. Frequently mass media keep on giving report about the matters. One of the disciplinary problems is vandalism. Vandalism in schools had created great loss to the government in terms of money. Breaking of desk, chairs, writing and damaging notice board, kicking and damaging doors, windows, fans, lights, toilet, throwing of chairs and desk and other properties belonging to the school, teachers, staffs and their peers. The government is looking at the matter seriously. In order to build a strong and stable nation, the younger generation should be equipped with a strong bond of moral values. This study was to evaluate the effectiveness of The Penalty System Program (PSP) which was implemented in the state of Selangor Malaysia in handling the problems of vandalism in schools. The study was carried out in a secondary school in the district of Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia. The study is a combination of qualitative and quantitative. Sample consists of 354 students and 100 teachers. In this study, questionnaires were used for the student and the teachers. An interview was also carried out on 20 teachers from the 100 teachers involved in PSP. The value of cronbach alpha of the instrument is 0.811 which showed high validity. Data gathered through the questionnaires and interviews were analyzed using the mean and percentage. With reference to the school disciplinary record, PSP is more effective in reducing vandalism. PSP managed to reduce vandalism from 0.1% to 0.6%. Findings showed that, the lower the mean, the more effective PSP in reducing vandalisms. From the findings as perceived by the teachers the mean for vandalism is 2.79, while from the student’s perceptions is 2.06. In conclusion PSP is effective in managing vandalism in school although it uses only penalty points.

Keywords: The Penalty System Program, Vandalism, Discipline

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp.123-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 562.072KB).

Dr. Khalim Zainal

Lecturer, Centre For General Studies, National University of Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Interests Area : Educational Management

Norshidah Mohamad Salleh

Lecturer, Faculty Of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Interests Area : Special Education

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