MALACCA: The two teachers of a primary school here, who forced their pupils to lift their skirts up to see who was menstruating after a used sanitary pad was found in a washbasin outside the toilet, have apologised to the pupils and the parents.p/s: WTF?
Richard Knight, 44, chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association of SRK Infant Jesus Convent I, said the teachers apologised to the parents on Thursday when the parents went to the school to discuss the incident with the teachers and headmistress.
Knight, a professional tour guide, said after the meeting, all pupils from Year Four, Five and Six were assembled and the teachers apologised to them for taking such drastic action.
“The teachers also explained to the students that they had to take such drastic action because none of the students owned up.
“They needed to know why a used sanitary pad was not disposed of properly as it was not the first time it had happened,” he said.
Knight said his daughter, who is in Year Six, was also subjected to the check by the teachers.
“Teachers should be given free hand to discipline students,” he said, adding that he was unaware that the parents proceeded to lodge police reports after visiting the school on Thursday.
“A proper channel should be set up to bring the matter up with the state education department,” said Knight, who was also present when state education officer visited the school to investigate the matter yesterday.
State Education Department director Azizah Abd Gani said she was asked to submit the report from the school by next week.
Deputy state CID chief Supt Ariffin Sutan confirmed that three police reports had been lodged against two women teachers on Thursday.
MCA Wanita chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said she was dismayed over the incident.
“The teachers should show respect to the children, too. They have embarrassed the pupils,” she said yesterday.
All Women's Action Society (Awam) president Judith Koh said what happened was definitely a violation of the privacy of an individual and a misuse of power and authority.
Women's Development Collective executive director Maria Chin Abdullah said the school should bear responsibility for the incident – for allowing it to happen and for failing to intervene.
“What kind of message are the teachers sending out?” she said.
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