The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Standing firm against some parents' unreasonable demands


The mother who complained to the police about a teacher who cut her son's hair was held up on Wednesday as an example of what educators have to put up with these days.

In his Work Plan Seminar keynote speech, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said such incidents are the reason teachers "often feel anxious about dealing with demanding parents".

"I recently had a father who came to see me. He began his comments with a string of expletives about the teachers in his son's school," said Mr Heng to the crowd of 1,009 principals and educators at Ngee Ann Polytechnic Convention Centre.

"I told him that if he wanted us to help him, he must first help himself. There is absolutely no reason and no excuse for bad behaviour," he said."We must take a firm stand against unreasonable demands."