Two 17-year-old girls lodged a police report yesterday alleging they were slapped and hit on the head by a discipline teacher for not wearing ‘tudung’ (headscarf) to school.
The girls, who sat for their SPM exams last year and are currently waiting for their results, were asked by another teacher at the school located at Jalan Stampin to conduct ‘poco-poco’ dance classes for a group of Form 4 students on a voluntary basis.
The two friends arrived at the school around 7.30am yesterday and were about to begin the dance session at the school hall when the male discipline teacher entered and headed straight for the group.
Without saying a word, the teacher allegedly slapped the girls and hit them on the head using exercise books before accusing them of being ‘kurang ajar’ (disrespectful).
According to the girls, who spoke to reporters at the Simpang Tiga police station soon after lodging their report, the discipline teacher explained that he hit them because they were not wearing headscarves, adding that he did not want to ‘menanggung dosa kamu’ (bear your sin).
The girls then left the school and one of them, Nadya Islyanna, related the incident to her parents upon reaching her house at the Stampin Resettlement Scheme.
Her 48-year-old father, who works as a plumber, and 46-year-old mother, a housewife, told reporters that they brought up the issue with an officer at the Education Department at the Federal Complex at Simpang Tiga and were merely told that the department would look into the matter.
Dissatisfied with the response, the parents brought Nadya and her friend to lodge a police report.
According to Nadya’s father, the teacher had no right to do what he did as his daughter and her friend had done nothing wrong.
“What right did he have to strike my daughter or her friend and accuse them of being ‘kurang ajar’ for not wearing a headscarf?” said the father, who added that his daughter complained of dizziness and pain in her head after the incident.
Saying that the teacher’s actions were uncalled for, the father hoped the authorities would investigate the matter so that similar incidents would not affect other students at the school.