I SUPPORT the disciplinary action taken by Methodist Girls Secondary School of Malacca principal Chong Chew Yoong against a Form Five student for wearing a mini skirt at an event outside the school.
There are no two ways about it as she was representing the school. The girl was advised by teachers to wear proper attire for this event but she went against the advice.
The key phrase here is "representing the school". It does not matter if the event was at the school or outside. What is important is that she was a representative of the school.
As such, she was bound by school regulations. She had to dress properly and behave properly to uphold the good name of the school.
The Education Ministry, parents and parent-teacher associations should support the action of the principal.
If principals are not given support from the ministry, it will pose a huge problem for them to carry out their duties.
Perhaps the student and her family do not like the kind of punishment being meted out on her but she can appeal and have her case reviewed by the school.
I think this is a small matter that has been blown out of proportion. Let the school handle it.
Although students know that they are protected by the school, they must also know that they should not step out of bounds and that they must be answerable for their actions.
If incidents like this are allowed to negate the authority of the principal, we can expect more disciplinary problems in schools.
The powers and the welfare of school principals must be guarded. Principals must be allowed to exercise their authority as long as it is within the standard operating procedures.