Have you been a student of an incompetent teacher during your time in public high school? It’s said that such a phenomenon is not unheard of, especially in rural schools, but The Star reported that this is the first time a student had filed a lawsuit against an idle teacher.
In its report today (Oct 31), now 19-year-old Siti Nafirah Siman took the legal actions to Kota Kinabalu High Court to sue her Form 4 teacher for failing to teach her Mathematics and Science in English in 2015.
The court papers were submitted on Oct 16 and she named the teacher, the principal, and the secondary school management as first, second and third defendants − followed by Kota Belud District Education officer, Sabah Education Department director, Education director-general, Education Minister and Malaysian government. That’s one feisty girl… and we love her!
According to her, she said the teacher didn’t come into the class from February to November 2015, except for a week in October. The teacher failed to deliver English lessons, something which she contended that she and her classmates’ rights were violated as they deserved to learn Maths and Science in English under the government’s Dual Language Policy.
She eventually failed English subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, putting her high aspiration at a shaky position.
Siti didn’t take the matter lightly, she also included dates and times of communication with senior state officials about the absence of the teacher in the court papers. There was also a part where she highlighted a similar complaint was made by US State Department Fullbright Senior English Teaching Assistant Grantee to Malaysia Ibrahim Jadoon.
Ibrahim reverted the issue to senior education officials in March 2015 but sadly, no actions were taken as alleged by Siti.
She claimed that she received intimidation by some senior education officials and her pressing complaint was sidelined, adding that they were allegedly trying to protect the teacher.