‘No excuse for teacher to hit pupil


SHAH ALAM: The action of a teacher who allegedly beat up a primary school pupil is disappointing and “should not have happened”, said deputy education minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan (pic).

“Whatever the situation is, I don’t think the teacher should have taken such action against the child.

“Let me get the investigation reports and upon getting the reports, we will surely take action against the teacher,” Kamalanathan told reporters after opening the post-Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) andSijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) guidance carnival yesterday.

The Year Six pupil claimed to have been choked, stomped on and slapped by the teacher for riding a bicycle with a modified handlebar in the 7.30am incident last Wednesday.

Kamalanathan said the teacher should have either taken the pupil for counselling or informed the parents.

“If there is a problem with the child, counsel the child, if the student does not listen then call the parents,” he added.

During an event in Kuala Nerang in Kedah yesterday, Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry had directed the school management and Kuala Muda District Education Office to solve the case in a harmonious way.

Bernama quoted Mahdzir as saying that the ministry also wanted the school to submit a report on the matter for further action.

“We want the headmaster to be the mediator between the teacher and the pupil’s parents to find a way to solve the issue in a harmonious way. That is the best solution,” he said.

The boy has claimed he was a few minutes late to his school in Tikam Batu, near Sungai Petani, on Wednesday morning when he was caught by the teacher who is a student affairs senior assistant.

The student also claimed that his teacher beat him up and then gave him RM2 to keep quiet about it.

The boy’s father said his son’s face was swollen and he had bruises on his neck, right leg and left knee.

The father said he lodged a report at the Kuala Muda district police headquarters in Sungai Petani and also took his son for medical treatment.

Sumber : The Star