MOST of the irate parents who lodged a report with the state Education Department alleging that their children have been unfairly caned in school have accepted the headmistress’ explanation, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The headmistress, who has been temporarily transferred to the district Education Department pending an investigation, addressed parents during a briefing at the school yesterday.
According to the school board’s chairman Datuk Wong Hock Aun, the headmistress told the parents that she had punished the pupils for repeatedly not bringing a magazine to school despite numerous reminders.
To compound matters, the pupils were said to have not paid attention during the reading session.
Most of the parents accepted the explanation while a few disagreed with it, Wong said.
He also regretted that several parents who had lodged the report with the department did not turn up for the briefing.
Earlier, the parents were also invited to a dialogue at the school with the district education officers.
Last week, the parents lodged the report alleging that the headmistress had unfairly caned their children for not bringing their workbook, which was actually optional co-curricular material.
On Monday, some parents of Year Four pupils staged a protest outside the school, claiming that their children had been forced to sign an “agreement” that allowed them to be punished if they misbehaved.
Wong later clarified that it was a “letter of repentance”, and not an “agreement”, that was issued after the students were noisy during class.
He added that none of the parents had checked with the school regarding the letter even after they were asked to sign it.
Yesterday, Wong reiterated that the parents were not forced to sign the letter.
“The letter is merely to let the parents know what is happening to their children in school and their problems,” he said.
> Andy Lau threw a birthday party for his four-year-old daughter Hanna in Hong Kong recently.
China Press reported that a group of Hanna’s classmates from her kindergarten were invited to the bash.
However, Lau’s Malaysian wife Carol Choo and Hanna were not in the group photo because the Hong Kong superstar is highly protective of his family members.
The media reported that the photo looked more like Lau’s fan club gathering.
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