ALOR STAR: A seven-year-old girl ended up with a fractured hand after being allegedly beaten on the palm with a two-foot long stick by a teacher.
Aiman Kamila Mohamad of SK Sungai Limau Dalam in Yan was among 17 other pupils, who received the punishment for making noise in class.
However, Aiman, the class assistant monitor received the most strokes as she was supposed to keep the class in order but had failed to do so.
The others received two strokes each on their palms during the incident on July 14.
Her right thumb was dislocated and an X-ray showed that she had a fractured metacarpal (bone between wrist and middle finger).
Aiman said the class was noisy because there was no teacher at the time.
She said a male teacher, who heard the racket, came to the class and called those who had made noise to stand up.
Aiman’s father Mohamad Hajar, 45, said he learnt about the incident when he went to pick Aiman after school on July 14.
Mohamad, a Muda Agriculture Development Authority technician, said that he took Aiman to the Yan Hospital on July 16 and 17 when her hand became swollen.
“On July 18, I took her to a bone specialist at a private hospital in Alor Star and an X-ray showed that she had a fractured metacarpal,” he added.
Mohamad claimed that after the school was informed of Aiman’s fractured hand, the headmaster and assistant headmaster went to his house thrice, including once with the district education officer, and offered a total of RM950 in cash for Aiman’s treatment.
He was also asked to sign a settlement letter.
“I was not satisfied with the amount offered as the cost of treatment at the medical centre alone was over RM1,000,” he added.
Mohamad said the family planned to take legal action against those responsible. He had also lodged a report at the Yan district police station on July 21.
Kedah Education Director Datuk Abdul Rahman Yeop, when contacted, said the teacher had been transferred to a school in Tikam Batu in Kuala Muda effective today.