The Straits Times
Published on Sep 17, 2012

Haircut boy's mother responds, says she's disappointed case highlighted


The mother at the centre of a row over a teacher cutting her son's hair has said she is disappointed that the case was highlighted by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

In his annual Work Plan Seminar speech last week, Mr Heng cited Madam Serene Ong's complaint to the police about a teacher who cut her son's hair as a reason teachers "often feel anxious about dealing with demanding parents".

Responding, the 39-year-old sales manager told The Straits Times: "Mr Heng didn't even speak to me to understand the entire situation."

While it is fine to be criticised by netizens, it is not so when the minister does it, she said.