An 11-yr-old boy was made to stand under the hot sun for 3 hours…So what’s happened to teacher? The boy is now an OKU

Every school should provide a safe environment for the six hours each Malaysian child spends daily there, but in some cases, school has turned out to be every parent’s nightmare.

This happens when the child who returns home from school, has suffered either physical or mental abuse, from the hands of their own teacher.

The latest incident is one mother’s allegation about her primary school son who was punished by his teacher, by standing under the hot sun for over two hours.

The mother, Mogahana Selvi, said that her 11-year-old son had complained to his teacher about a classmate throwing a water bottle at him.

As punishment, his 37-year-old teacher then forced the young boy and three other pupils, but not the one who had thrown the water bottle, to stand under the hot sun, on the school playing field.

Although three other boys were punished for ten minutes, Mogahana’s son had to endure his punishment from 10 am to 12.50 p,m.

Her son returned home with red eyes, and when Mogahana took him to hospital he fainted at the emergency department. Subsequent medical examinations showed that the boy had suffered a heatstroke, and developed a ‘nerve condition’.

The Ampang Hospital designated the boy as an OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya), provided his parents with forms for registering with the social welfare department to obtain a ‘disability’ card, and said that he was unable to return to school.

Probably the first question that comes to mind is to find out what the school rule book says about punishment, or what the Minister of Education, Fadhlina Sidek has termed as the “Student management guidelines”.

So, when a child misbehaves at school, what punishment is meted out to him?

This teacher forced his pupils to stand under the hot sun. Is this an acceptable form of punishment found in the school rule book?

If it transpires that standing under the sun is the standard punishment that has been approved by the Education Department, then isn’t it time the education department comes up with a more humane type of punishment. We are not living in Victorian times. This is 21st Malaysia.

If for some unknown reason an appropriate punishment is missing from the student management guide, it is highly likely that the teacher then took it upon himself to punish the child, by ordering him to stand under the hot sun.

Perhaps this form of punishment has been practised for decades without any issue before, and over the years, this punishment has become the school norm, because no-one including the head, objected.

All is fine, until things start to go wrong, which is what happened to Mogahana’s son.

If the school rule book does list this punishment as acceptable, then the teacher was only following the school’s guidelines. The teacher, head, school. Education department and ministry should be prosecuted.

Forcing a child to stand for three hours in the hot sun will present a risk to the child’s health. It does not need a genius to realise this. It only needs someone with compassion and with common sense to know that small children, infants, elderly people and the sick, are very vulnerable to heat stroke.

Surely any teacher with half a brain should realise the inherent dangers. It is like leaving a child in the car in hot weather whilst the parent goes to attend to his business or goes shopping thinking that the child may come to no harm. The parents return to the car to find a lifeless body, then wonder why their child is dead.

If it transpires that the school rule book does not state any punishment for misbehaving, then the school, the education department and the Education Ministry should be taken to task, for not providing appropriate guidelines for misbehaving students.

Teachers should not be forced to make up the rules as they go along. They have to be responsible for their actions but the school and education department also have important roles to play.

The sight of a young boy standing in the middle of the field, under a blazing sun for at least three hours should have aroused someone’s curiosity. Didn’t the other teachers, the administration staff, and the head, not wonder about the young boy in the middle of the field? This 11-year-old endured his torture for close to three hours but no adult in the school was moved to act.

This apathetic, tidak-apa behaviour says a lot about the culture and work ethics of the school’s teaching and administration staff.

It raises as many questions about the teacher’s callousness and the entire school’s employees with their  “I can’t be bothered and I don’t care” attitude.

It also puts the spotlight on minister, Fadhlina who said that there would be no compromise over the safety of students in the school and that appropriate action would be taken based on the investigation report.

How many times have we heard this before?

Back in Ampang Jaya, the boy faces a bleak and uncertain future as a person with disabilities, all because of the actions of one cruel, thoughtless teacher.

More importantly, why was a pupil who witnessed the incident threatened, and why is the teacher responsible not suspended?

Minister of Education, Fahdlina Sidek needs to have a complete overhaul of the student management guidelines…or she could resign and leave someone else to do her job


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  • Robert says:

    As we say ” biasa-lah

  • The Ministry of Education did study few years ago on teachers. It discovered that 7 per cent of teachers were mentally ill. Mental illness isn’t medical term, but only legal. The court can refer persons for evaluation at the nearest medical Center, and can institutionalised them for life, based on subject matter expert opinion, and thereby keep the public from harm.

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