More than 22,000 signatures of the petition supporting Cikgu Fadli Salleh

More than 22,000 signatures of the petition supporting Cikgu Fadli Salleh

MORE than 22,000 virtual citizens signed an online petition to protest the alleged disciplinary action against a primary school teacher in a district in Selangor as of 12 noon today.

A petition created by an individual named Jamal Yunuh on the website change.org titled ‘Petition Demanding Justice For Teacher Fadli Salleh’ started receiving response since yesterday.

The petition invites the public to support the struggle of a teacher named Cikgu Fadli Salleh to get justice and ensure that the country enjoys a balanced education system.

Teacher Mohd Fadhli Mohamed Salleh, who is an educator at Sekolah Kebangsaan (1) Gombak, claimed that he was facing disciplinary action by the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM) following his post on a social media platform expressing his views on several issues involving the country’s education system.

He claimed he would be fired or demoted for ‘criticizing’ issues involving the education system, school bags, subject syllabus, study time and the number of students in the class.

Director-General of Education Datuk Pkharuddin Ghazali in a statement on Sunday however said that the letter did not mean that a punishment had been handed down by the Disciplinary Board, rather it was intended to inform Mohd Fadli about the allegations received by the board.

In addition, according to Pkharuddin, the letter also aims to inform Mohd Fadli of the need to submit a written representation or explanation.

In the same development, Senior Minister of Education Datuk Radzi Jidin announced through his Facebook account his intention to meet Cikgu Mohd Fadli.

“I am interested to know more about the matter raised by Cikgu Mohd Fadli Salleh.

“If the teacher has time, we can meet.” he said in a short message on Facebook.

This matter also attracted the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who hopes that a win-win situation can be achieved.

He also hoped that positive things could be heard after the completion of the KPM Disciplinary Committee meeting that convened on Monday.

Understanding that KPM cannot arbitrarily allow any of its staff to make ‘negative’ comments publicly, but at the same time, he said, any action or punishment determined must be appropriate.

source – Faida Rahim

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