Malaysian Teacher sued for skipping classes and leading to student’s failure
Students skipping classes sounds common, however, when a teacher skips classes, this could be a major news. As reported by Malay Mail on 23 December 2020, an English teacher and the principal of the school are being sued by their students for failing to show up for classes for 8 months.
Former students, Calvina Angayung, Rusiah Sabhdarin and Nur Natasha Allisya Hamali, who are now 19 years old are filing a suit against the English teacher Mohd Jainal Jamran and the headmaster Suid Hanapi along with the director general of education, the education minister, and the Malaysia Government at high court.
Mohd Jainal was supposed to teach the students English 3 times a week and he was showing up late or leaving early from March onwards and have 0 attendance after July 2017.
“We lost a year of lessons and if we had not complained to the principal, maybe we would be stuck with the same (absentee) teacher for a longer time,” said Calvina.
Calvina, Rusiah and Natasha had encounter numerous discouragements from their peers when they initiated to file the suit. However, they were determined to continue the suit as to prevent future students to suffer the same fate as they did.
“I am happy to do this and I will not give up. It’s clear that when teachers refuse to teach, a school’s culture quickly degrades: more students fight, more students break the rules, and more students themselves begin to leave classes and even school. How do I know this? I was a school prefect and these consequences of absent teachers are abundantly clear.
“Should such public servants, teachers and MOE officers be given another chance after years of hurting students? Too much time has been wasted by a teacher who remorselessly refuses to teach for months, each year. I wonder what was the fate of the students before us? Because after what happened to Siti Nafirah, it continued to happen to us even two years later,” said Nur Natasha.
This is the second time Mohd Jainal is being bring to court for the misconduct of being absent for English classes. It was alleged that he is still working at the same school and is still skipping classes. It seems that this is not the first time happening, and this could be only the tip of the iceberg.
Comment below if you find this absurd and should be fixed immediately!