Kuala Lumpur : A series of images showing students sitting on a tarred road for arriving late to school has sparked an outrage among parents who feel that the punishment was ‘excessive’ and ‘inhumane’ after the images were circulated online.
The assembly area of SMK Taman Tun Dr Ismail didn’t have enough space to fit all of its students, and only students who arrived early to school could be in the assembly area. As punishment, students who were late to school and can’t fit into the assembly area are made to sit on the tarred road outside the assembly area.
Chairman of the The National Parent-Teacher Association Consultative Council (PIBGN), Dr Mohd Ali Hassan, says that the punishment was ‘unfair’.
“The headmaster should’ve been more reasonable in disciplining the students”
“The psychological and emotional effect of the students have to be taken into account before deciding on a punishment,” said the Chairman, according to a report by Harian Metro.
Adding to his statement, Dr Mohd Ali Hassan was quoted saying that the punishment sentenced to the students in question was ‘unreasonable’ and adds that students need to be ‘warned beforehand and not just punished like they were’.
One parent who wished to remain unnamed said “I saw the incident while I was sending my child to school on the first day of the SPM examinations.”
“When I asked why the students were sitting on the tarred road, the headmaster informed me that the students were late and had to be ‘separated’ from the other students.
“According to the headmaster, the school assembly area didn’t have enough space to fit all of the students so they had no choice to make the students sit on the tarred road instead.
“The headmaster also added that students were instructed to bring a plastic bag to sit on if they were late for school.
“When I asked if there was any other way than to have the students sit on the tarred road because some Muslim students who wore prayer robes to pray on Friday had to sit on dirt and stained their prayer robes.
“But the headmaster sarcastically answered me and asked the parents of the students to donate 1,000 benches to make sure their children could sit on a bench during the school assembly.” She said.
Deputy Minister of Education Datuk P Kamalanathan was reached out for a comment by Harian Metro, to which he responded that his department has instructed the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department to investigate the issue immediately.
Kamalanathan says that the ministry of education is taking the case very seriously.
“I also understand that the school headmaster’s response to the parent was unwarranted and not well thought. We will have to investigate this further.” He says, after being reached out to by Harian Metro yesterday.
Back then, in our generation, we received much harsher punishments for being late to school- so harsh in fact, the teachers would be fired and tried in court if it had happened today. Our parents even laughed at our teachers’ punishments because they knew we deserved it. We even sucked it up- yet none of us came out ‘emotionally affected’.
It’s unnatural- even sad to see how overprotective some parents are these days.
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