BETONG (Sarawak): An officer from the Social Welfare Department has been assigned to meet two pupils who were allegedly told to eat grass to gather details and to provide counselling if there is a need for it.
A 26-year-old English language teacher of a Chinese vernacular primary school in Sungkai, Perak, had allegedly instructed the Year Four pupils to wear bells around their necks, offered them grass to eat and called them lembu (cows) for not completing their homework.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said they would carry out follow-up intervention as such a punishment might have an adverse impact on the pupils.
“An officer from the department met the pupils and their families this morning (yesterday) to investigate the truth of what happened.
“Tomorrow (today), they will meet with the school authorities for the same purpose,” she told a press conference after attending an early schooling assistance handing over ceremony at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Pusa here.
Earlier, Rohani, who is also Batang Lupar MP, presented RM100 each to 786 students of SMK Pusa and to 250 students from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kalok, Pusa. — Bernama