‘Boy stayed with tu­ition teacher to learn Man­darin’

New Straits Times - - News -

JOHOR BARU: A tu­ition teacher who al­legedly scalded her 7-yearold pupil’s but­tocks with a heated wok, had taken in the boy to stay with her to im­prove his com­mand of Man­darin, the Chi­nese lan­guage, and to in­stil dis­ci­pline.

The boy’s 24-year old sis­ter told the New Straits Times that her brother found it hard to cope with the Chi­nese lan­guage as he had at­tended an English-medium kinder­garten and was now a Year One pupil at a Chi­nese ver­nac­u­lar pri­mary school.

“My brother, who is the youngest among six sib­lings, found the tran­si­tion from English to Chi­nese dif­fi­cult. His school­teach­ers said he had not been do­ing his home­work. That was why we sent him for tu­ition classes since De­cem­ber.

She said the fam­ily had checked with other par­ents and the school bus driver be­fore they de­cided to let the boy stay with her.

“My brother was not the only boy stay­ing at her house. There were two or three other pupils liv­ing there. We talked to him ev­ery­day over the phone. He never told us that he was be­ing beaten,” she said, adding that he was with the teacher for two weeks be­fore she found out about the abuse.

“We had a fam­ily gath­er­ing on Satur­day and I wanted to bring him home but the teacher told us to let the boy stay at her house.

“She said my brother was tak­ing things from the other pupils.”

On Sun­day, the boy ran away from his tu­ition teacher’s house and hid at a neigh­bour’s home.

Neigh­bours, who saw him jump­ing over a fence, con­tacted the boy’s sis­ter.

The sis­ter lodged a po­lice re­port at 10pm the same day.

The boy suf­fered se­cond-de­gree burns and scald­ing af­ter a wok and cups soaked in hot wa­ter were ap­plied to his body by the teacher to re­move se­vere rotan marks. He is be­ing treated at a gov­ern­ment hospi­tal.

The sis­ter also said other teach­ers and pupils would join the fe­male teacher when­ever he was abused.

Johor Baru Utara dis­trict po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mohd Taib Ah­mad said two fe­male tu­ition teach­ers, aged 23 and 34, were ar­rested yes­ter­day.

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