Verbal abuse goes unpunishedPosted: August 12, 2008
Before this, I wrote about two students making a police report on their teacher who hurled insults and verbal abuse to them and other students in class. You can find what I wrote HERE.
I ended my piece with this:
Education is one of the most important aspects of nation-building. Let us not allow the system to contain such unacceptable behaviour, and disguise it like as if it doesn’t matter.
Today I read on Lim Kit Siang’s blog, THIS:
BANTING: It obviously pays to hurl racial abuse at students, going by what happened to the teacher who did so at a school here.
The 35-year-old history teacher from SM Telok Panglima Garang was not only transferred to a smart school but to one located nearer her house.
To add insult to injury, no disciplinary action was taken against her.
It is understood that her letter of transfer stated that she was being transferred due to concerns for her security and not because she had committed an offence.
Several parents and non-governmental rganizations gathered in front of the school yesterday demanding an explanation from the headmaster for letting her off with just a slap on the wrist.
However, the headmaster refused to meet them, saying the matter was no longer related to the school since the teacher had been transferred.
This, I believe, is the ostrich approach. Hide, and hope it’ll all just go away. The headmaster is no better when he refused to comment, simply because the teacher was no longer one of his staff.
I think I have said enough in my previous post pertaining this matter, and it doesn’t help to get agitated over the same issue again.
It just seems to me that with this decision, or indecision, they have indirectly, not only allowed for this unacceptable behaviour to happen, they have also disguised it so that it looks like it doesn’t matter.