Viral Case Of Year One Student Confined In “Iron Cage” Resolved – Fadhlina

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The case of the Year One pupil allegedly locked in iron cage is amicably resolved, said Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek - Bernamapic
The case of the Year One pupil allegedly locked in iron cage is amicably resolved, said Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek - Bernamapic

Student’s family has accepted the explanation of why the student was purportedly locked in an iron cage

NIBONG TEBAL — The case of a Year One student being locked in an “iron cage” at a school in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, that went viral on social media has been resolved, said Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek.

According to a Bernama report, she said the matter had been resolved amicably between the school and the parents of the seven-year-old boy during a meeting at the Negeri Sembilan Education Department.

 “The student’s family accepted the explanation given by the school … so, we consider the matter settled,” she told reporters when met after the Aidiladha Sacrifical programme at Masjid Jamek Al Huda Sungai Bakau here today.

A seven-year-old child was allegedly locked in the cage due to bad behaviour, said a Malaysian father. PHOTOS: AZUAN ABD GHAFAR/TWITTER
A seven-year-old child was allegedly locked in the cage due to bad behaviour, said a Malaysian father. PHOTOS: AZUAN ABD GHAFAR/TWITTER

The issue surfaced when a man’s tweet and a screenshot of a WhatsApp group conversation, believed to be between a  teacher and the student’s father, went viral on Twitter.

There was also a media report which stated Rembau District Police Chief Supt Hazri Mohamad as saying that the father of the Year One student who was locked up in the “iron cage” had accepted the teacher’s explanation during a meeting involving the student’s family, Rembau district education officers, the school and the police last Wednesday.

Cage Incident Investigated

Elaborating on the case, Fadhlina, Nibong Tebal Member of Parliament, said the Negeri Sembilan Education Department also conducted an investigation into the case.

The issue came to light when a netizen named Azuan took to Twitter to share screenshots of a conversation which occurred within a WhatsApp group between a father and a school teacher.

The screenshots depict the father inquiring if his child was being confined in a cage, to which the teacher admitted, prompting the father to express his intention to visit the school.

To bring more awareness to the situation, the father subsequently shared three photos illustrating a small corner surrounded by an iron fence.

Other parents also questioned why the child was being subjected to such treatment.

The father also expressed that these actions had severely diminished his child’s enthusiasm for attending school.

There have been claims stating that the original intention behind the “iron cage” was to serve as a barrier preventing students from reaching an electrical box, presumably for their safety.

In his tweet, Aziz also questioned the rationale behind confining a first-grade child within an iron cage that contained an electrical box.

Safety Concerns

“Even if the first-grade child is misbehaving, teachers should never overstep their boundaries,” he added, expressing his concerns regarding the incident.

The father had taken the initiative to report the incident to the state education department, in hopes that the cage will be removed and only the electrical box will remain enclosed.

“Such incidents should never occur to minors, particularly to my seven-year-old child,” he expressed passionately.

Other parents also questioned why the child was being subjected to such treatment.

The father had also expressed that these actions had severely diminished his child’s enthusiasm for attending school.

Malaysian Education Development Plan

In another development, Fadhlina said the ministry had established a special committee to ensure the smooth implementation of the Malaysian Education Development Plan (PPPM) 2013-2025, which is now entering its third wave.

“This third wave means that it (PPPM) has almost reached its end. So, now is a critical period for us to see the effectiveness of the initiatives,” she added.

She said this when asked to comment on a suggestion by former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik for the country’s education system to be overhauled following the COVID-19 epidemic. — Mediahit

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