Some Schools Have Introduced Apartheid.
State Education director Datuk Mohammed Zakaria Mohd Noor said the headmaster had been told to revert to the system of streaming the pupils according to their academic achievements. Zakaria said the matter came to light following a complaint.
“I checked with the school and found that the headmaster did this because he wanted to make full use of the limited resources and facilities in the school,” he said yesterday. The headmaster does not have a hidden agenda by putting pupils of one race in a class. It is to facilitate the pupils’ timetables for their religious and moral lessons,” he added.
He stressed that the headmaster was not practising “religious segregation.” As such, I have told the headmaster to stop the practice and revert to streaming pupils according to their performance in school,” he said. The school would have to accommodate all the pupils by having a timetable suitable for their religious and moral classes, he added.
According to the complainant, her son had been slated for the “B” Class instead of the “A” Class although he was among the top 10 pupils in the school. She said the best class was reserved for pupils of a particular race although some of them had fared worse in the examinations than her son. “It is difficult for me to explain to my son why he is not in the first class,” she said. I don’t want him to grow up having misconceptions about the various races in the country, or that discrimination is a common practice. This is wrong. This is not good for unity,” she added. (TheStar)
***** Unfortunately this is not the first school that has introduced this form of open racial segregation and neither will it be the last. The excuse of 'facilitating' religious classes is a silly one and meant to cover-up a serious wrong. It is an attempt to hoodwink the public into thinking that the measure was aboveboard. Isn't it a coincidence that in all this facilitating being done, the Malay pupils are always placed in the top class while the others are lumped together in the lower classes? This is the work of a racist and religious bigot and the authorities should not shield him or give excuses on his behalf. A misfit like him should not have been allowed to be a headmaster in the first place.
However there are dozens of his ilk both male and female, administering schools throughout the country and happily overseeing racial segregation. Some parents just keep quiet or privately complain to friends and family for fear of retribution. Only last week someone had emailed me and asked me to highlight in this blog, a similar scenario in a primary school in Cheng, Malacca. However because the details were scanty I did not post on it. So it does happen everywhere and parents should boldly come forward and expose these 'educated' racists and practitioners of apartheid.