An education ministry panel has adopted guidelines obliging schools to investigate all suicides of students around the country.
If a child commits suicide, their school should immediately seek information from family members and police, interview all teaching staff and report the initial results to the board of education in three days, according to the guidelines.
The guidelines, adopted Thursday, also call on schools to open detailed investigations by third-party experts and organizations. The ministry plans to notify education boards and schools across the country of the guidelines later this month at the earliest. The panel also proposed that schools teach classes on suicide prevention.
Based on the proposal, the ministry plans to provide schools with teaching materials and conduct demonstration classes across the country.
In June 2011, the ministry asked schools to investigate suicides of their children but failed to give clear instructions on how to do it.
On Thursday, the ministry released the results of its first investigation of child suicides based on some 500 cases reported between June 2011 and last December.
The results showed that only 2 percent of the children were suffering from bullying and 2.8 percent from corporal punishment at school. The investigation also revealed many schools had no idea about what was causing the deaths.