Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. - NSTP FILE PIC

IN Kuala Selangor, a teacher from a primary school complained that she had been threatened and embarrassed by her principal in front of other teachers.

In her police report, the 28-year-old teacher claimed that she had accidentally injured herself during the quarrel.

In the incident on Oct 3, she claimed that the principal had allegedly used the words, “to take revenge”, on her.

A video clip of a headmaster yelling at a pregnant teacher in a school in Sibu, Sarawak, has gone viral after it was posted on Facebook on Sept 27.

While mooting the laudable idea of allowing teachers to evaluate their superiors, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and his deputy, Teo Nie Ching, should also look into alleged cases of principals bullying their teachers.

Perhaps, the ministry could set up an independent team consisting of stakeholders and Education Department officers to investigate such cases. Non-governmental organisations, parents and the public can also be part of the team. This would provide a fairer outcome in an investigation.

Bullying cases like this must be addressed urgently. We cannot afford to have more of such cases as they will leave a black mark on our education system.


Kuala Lumpur

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