Kindergarten teachers being probed for child abuse

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018

MELAKA: One of the two teachers caught on video abusing and hitting children in a kindergarten in Ayer Keroh has over a decade’s experience.

The 40-year-old teacher allegedly committed the offences together with a 21-year-old teacher sometime in July.

Kindergarten owner, Ernie Wati Mohamad, 40, said she lodged a police report on Saturday after watching the footage but declined further comment.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad said the two female teachers were detained the day the report was lodged.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.

It is learnt that the two teachers are on bail pending investigation.

In a viral WhatsApp message, a woman claimed that one of the teachers in the videos had been serving for 11 years.

The two viral videos – lasting a total of two minutes and 46 seconds – showed the teachers allegedly hitting several children at the centre.

In one of the videos, one of the teachers is seen slapping a child until he falls from his chair.

The other teacher is also seen carrying a girl and placing her on a boy lying down.

State Welfare Department director Burhanuddin Bachik said the kindergarten was under the purview of the state Education Depart­ment.

He said his team would be giving counselling sessions to children traumatised by the incident.

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