Minister rebukes teacher who called student names

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap has lambasted a teacher in Malacca who allegedly called a 12-year-old girl a prostitute, saying the comment was uncalled for.

She assured that the state education department would investigate the matter.

"Action can be taken against the teacher under the General Orders Chapter D," she told a press conference at the Parliament lobby.

General Orders Chapter D deals with the conduct and discipline of government servants and any public servant found guilty of a disciplinary offence may be subject to, among others, a warning, a fine, be stripped of emolument rights, demotion or sacking, depending on the severity of the offence.

It was reported that the pupil from Batu Berendam, Malacca, had alleged that the female teacher had wrongly assumed she was part of a rowdy group of male classmates who had created problems for another teacher.

On the low intake of Chinese students in public universities despite getting good CGPA scores, Yap said the ministry was aware of the situation.

"We will try our best to address the problem, especially those who scored a CGPA of 4.0.

"However, I urge the students to appeal through e-Rayuan," she added.

On Monday, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam) raised in the Dewan Rakyat the issue of the low intake of Chinese students in public universities.