Ong Ewe Hock, deputy chairman of the Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia, argued that the responsibility should not just lie with teachers.
“Parental responsibility and influence must be added into the equation. Schools alone cannot teach children integrity,” he told FMT.
He said the debate around the now-postponed repayment scheme for National Higher Education Fund borrowers showed that raising children must include imbuing personal responsibility, such as honouring commitments and contractual obligations.
“This is the fundamental quality that needs to be built in a child before he or she even begins school,” Ong said. “Integrity is a habit that needs to be cultivated from the start.
“Good values have to be nurtured, not just through teaching. It comes from the family and the community.”
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