Par­ents, teach­ers on col­li­sion course over pun­ish­ing stu­dents

New Straits Times - - Letters -

TEACH­ERS are in a dilemma whether to dis­ci­pline chil­dren be­cause of how the par­ents may re­act.

The most re­cent case, where a mother was fined RM2,000 and sen­tenced to six months’ jail for slap­ping a teacher who had pinched her son for be­ing slow in class, could have been avoided if both par­ties had ex­er­cised pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing.

The teacher should have re­frained from pinch­ing the boy. It is the duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity of the teacher to teach the child, how­ever slow the child is.

The mother should have fol­lowed the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures (SOPs) and should have dealt with the head­mas­ter over the is­sue.

Par­ents are not al­lowed to meet teach­ers with­out first meet­ing head­mas­ters or school su­per­vi­sors. When par­ents do not fol­low SOPs, ar­gu­ments and vi­o­lence can take place be­tween par­ents and teach­ers.

The pun­ish­ment serves as a les­son to par­ents to be wary of their ac­tions.

Teach­ers, too, have to fol­low SOPs when deal­ing with difficult and mis­be­hav­ing chil­dren. Pun­ish­ment like can­ing is the head­mas­ters’ re­spon­si­bil­ity.

SA­MUEL YESUIAH, Serem­ban, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

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