Thursday, September 15, 2011

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT URGED TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED ASSAULT OF TEACHER

  NR       Thursday, September 15, 2011


SIBU: Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) calls on the Education Department to investigate the alleged assault of a male teacher by a group of students, and punish the culprits.
Its president William Ghani Bina said: “School is a learning institution where students come and acquire knowledge, not turned into a ‘circus’ or boxing arena. There are proper channels for students to voice their dissatisfaction and grievances. They can complain to the principal if they are not happy with the teacher.”
Taking the law into their own hands or resorting to violence was uncalled for and out of the question, he said.
“If found guilty upon investigation, they need to be removed from school to safeguard the safety of teachers and students, and avoid setting a precedent for others to follow,” the visibly upset Ghani told The Borneo Post.
He was referring to the incident where four students from a secondary school in Santubong were detained for assaulting a male teacher.
A source said the alleged attack occurred in the school on Thursday morning when a group of students assaulted the teacher with motorcycle helmets.
Praising the police for their swift action, Ghani said: “There are moral and civic studies and religious knowledge to teach students about proper behaviour.”
He called on parents to monitor their children’s activities and keep their behavior in check.
STU deputy president Jisin Nyud echoed Ghani’s view that stern action needs to be meted out to deter others.
“Students should refer to their principal if they have problems with their teachers. Taking it out on the teacher physically is no way to solve a problem,” he said.
A parent, Mohamad Sani, called up to voice concern over the incident, urging that action be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.
“Teachers are like parents in school so they must be treated with respect. It is going overboard by getting physical over some grievances which could have otherwise been solved amicably,” he pointed out.
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