Exco woman: Punishment at school should be fair

JOHOR BARU: Teachers should be fair in punishing errant students and give priority to their safety, says state education, information and communication committee chairman Norliza Noh.

She expressed disappointment over the actions of a teacher who had punished his students by forcing them to run 30 laps around the school’s volleyball court with their face masks on, after several of them were said to have failed to do their homework.

“This incident should not have happened. There are more appropriate ways to punish students, and this is definitely not the way,” she added.

Norliza also said it was earlier announced that there was no need to put on face masks when doing outdoor sports activities and the teacher should have been aware of this.

“We will look into this matter and ensure it would not happen again as it involved the safety of students,” she said when contacted yesterday.

The physical education teacher at a private Chinese secondary school in Kulai, who had punished an entire class by making the students run 30 rounds around a volleyball court with face masks on, has apologised for his actions.

This comes after one of the students, a 15-year-old girl, was hospitalised after suffering from palpitations and breathing difficulties following the ordeal.

Iskandar Puteri MCA division chief Datuk Jason Teoh said the teacher and the student’s parents met and reconciled on Wednesday.

“The teacher admitted that he had erred in his judgment and should not have imposed such a punishment on his students. He regretted his actions and apologised to the parents of the 15-year-old girl.

“The parents also accepted the teacher’s apology when they met at the school.

“The important thing now is to make sure that the student recovers,” he said.

Teoh, who accompanied the parents to meet the teacher, said the student returned home from hospital on May 15 and was currently recovering at home.

“I have visited the student and she is doing well so far. I hope that the public will stop harping on this issue as it has been resolved amicably,” he added.

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