20 Apr 2011

Special schooling for boys seen as too effeminate

8:36 am on 20 April 2011

Sixty six Muslim schoolboys in Malaysia are being sent to a camp to receive schooling in masculinity after being identified by their teachers as being too effeminate.

The BBC reports they are undergoing four days of religious and physical education.

An education official in the state of Terengganu said the camp was meant to guide the boys back ''to a proper path in life''.

Gay rights groups have criticised the measure, saying it promotes homophobia. Gay sex is illegal in Malaysia.

The boys reportedly displayed ''feminine mannerisms'' - though education officials did not detail what they were.

State education director Razali Daud told the New Straits Times that the students were invited to join the camp and were not compelled to do so.