SEREMBAN: Teachers are not allowed to get physical when disciplining their students, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon (pic).
He said there is already a standard operating procedure in place for teachers on how they are allowed to discipline a problematic student.
"No matter how mischievous a student is, a teacher is not allowed to get physical.
"There is an SOP in place and this has to be followed," he told reporters after presenting cheques to representatives from SMJK Chan Wa and SMJK Chan Wa 2 here.
On Wednesday, a 32-year-old parent Said Gudu claimed that a Math teacher at a primary school in Port Dickson had inflicted blister-like injuries on his eight-year-old son's right cheek with a "hot" sharpener for being mischievous in class.
The incident allegedly took place the previous day.
He claimed the male teacher took a sharpener and rubbed it violently against the floor for a few seconds and then placed the "hot" blade on the sharpener on his son's right cheek and ear.
He claimed that the teacher did so thrice simply because his son was being mischievous playing with his own sharpener.
Said also lodged a police report and was advised by a police officer to take his son for a medical check-up.
Chong said the state Education Department would investigate the matter.
"We will take appropriate action against the teacher based on our findings," he said.