'Cow bell' teacher transferred

  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Jan 2014

PETALING JAYA: The teacher who made her students wear bells around their neck and offered them grass to eat for not completing their homework will be issued a stern warning and transferred to another school.

The Education Ministry said the warning letter would be issued as the teacher had acted “in an extreme manner” to punish the students.

“The teacher’s actions have also given the ministry a bad name,” said Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof in a statement yesterday.

On Thursday, two Year Four boys from a vernacular school in Sungkai, Perak, were made to wear bells around their neck and “offered” grass to eat as punishment for not doing their homework.

After the lesson was over, their class teacher saw the boys and allegedly mocked: “Since when did I have two additional cows in my class?”

The incident allegedly happened at SJK (C) Khai Meng after both pupils were caned twice by the English Language teacher for not handing in their homework.

During recess time, the same teacher plucked grass and allegedly told the boys to eat it or get another 10 strokes of the rotan. The boys refused but were spared from further caning.

The allegations were raised by a mother and a guardian of the two 10-year-old boys at a press conference on Saturday.

Dr Khair said such a punishment was too harsh as the students were only in primary school and the situation should have been dealt with in a more suitable manner.

“The ministry would like to clarify that the issue of students not completing their homework is not a disciplinary problem as it is part of the ‘Teaching and Learning’ process and should be dealt with through continuous guidance,” he said.

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