When teacher's punishment crosses the line

Over the past five years, there has been an average of nine substantiated cases of child mismanagement by teachers annually, says the Early Childhood Development Agency.
Over the past five years, there has been an average of nine substantiated cases of child mismanagement by teachers annually, says the Early Childhood Development Agency.ST FILE PHOTO

Alleged incidents of harsh disciplinary action on pre-school kids surfacing in online forums

She would lose her temper and raise her voice in class. She is even said to have hit a four-year-old girl on the head and tapped her mouth to get her to keep quiet, drawing laughter from other children.

This is not a bully terrorising fellow children but, allegedly, a teacher in her 30s disciplining her pupils at a high-end pre-school in Siglap.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'When teacher's punishment crosses the line'. Print Edition | Subscribe