GEORGE TOWN: A premier school’s senior assistant of student affairs, who allegedly made racist comments during a morning school assembly, has been transferred out.
State Education director Shaari Osman confirmed the transfer but refused to reveal where the senior assistant has been transferred to.
“The matter has been resolved and I would like to reiterate that the department will come down hard on teachers who make racist remarks.
“I do not tolerate such behaviour as it goes against the efforts to ingrain racial unity among students,” said Shaari after announcing the SPM results at SMK Convent Green Lane here yesterday.
It was reported that students of Penang Free School had taken to the social media to criticise their senior assistant for allegedly making the comments.
According to postings in Facebook, the teacher had asked prefects to pull out three students for allegedly making noise during the assembly on Feb 22.
He had asked why students from a particular race were causing so many problems in the school and why many of them like to stand in the corridor outside their class.
School principal Jalil Saad was reported to have said that the school had issued a warning letter to the senior assistant a day after the incident.
Shaari said those who were responsible for the incident going viral on the social media should be held equally responsible as there was no need to sensationalise the issue.
“I would have resolved the matter if it was brought to me as we want closure, rather than prolong it which could lead to more confusion,” he added.
Jalil said yesterday the teacher was transferred out several days ago.
It is learnt that the senior assistant was transferred to SMK Bukit Gambir effective March 1.