Didn't hand in work? Wear bells, eat grass
A PRIMARY-SCHOOL teacher in Malaysia was transferred after she made her pupils wear bells around their necks and offered them grass to eat for not completing their homework.
The Education Ministry said the 26-year-old teacher will also be issued a stern warning for acting "in an extreme manner" in punishing the pupils.
"The teacher's actions have also given the ministry a bad name," said Education Director-General Khair Mohamad Yusof in a statement on Sunday.
The incident happened on Thursday and involved two Primary 4 boys at a Chinese school in Sungkai, Perak.
After the lesson, the English teacher allegedly mocked the boys, asking: "Since when did I have two additional cows in my class?"
The incident allegedly happened at SJK (C) Khai Meng after both pupils were caned twice by the teacher for not handing in their homework.
During recess, the teacher plucked grass and allegedly told the boys to eat it or get another 10 strokes of the rotan.
The boys refused but were spared further caning.
The allegations were raised by a mother and a guardian of the 10-year-old boys at a press conference on Saturday.
Datuk Dr Khair said such punishment was too harsh as the pupils were only in primary school and the situation should have been dealt with in a more suitable manner.
"The ministry would like to clarify that the issue of students not completing their homework is not a disciplinary problem as it is part of the 'Teaching and Learning' process and should be dealt with through continual guidance," he said.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK