KOTA KINABALU - A woman whose daughter was allegedly kicked and slapped by a teacher for being late to class hopes that schools will use other methods to discipline pupils.
The 56-year-old housewife from Tawau claimed her 10-year-old daughter's calf was injured during the alleged assault on Monday.
"I was told that the teacher kicked and slapped my daughter when she was late to class and forgot to do her homework.
"Is there no other way to discipline a child other than using such excessive force?" she asked.
The mother said her daughter was later taken to the hospital for a medical examination after complaining of pains in her leg and was unable to stand up.
"The doctors suspect she suffered fractures to her leg and had a cast put on," she said, adding that the cast was later taken off after doctors did X-ray examination.
The mother, who did not want to be named, made a police report on Tuesday and hoped that the Education Department would take the appropriate action.
The mother said the teacher, a 32-year-old father of two, and the school headmaster have apologised.
"But is an apology enough to make sure that this and other teachers do not use violence when dealing with children?" she asked.
Tawau police chief Asst Comm Fadil Marsus said they would be investigating the case.
"We will call the teachers, school headmaster and other witnesses to have their statements recorded," he said.