When I returned home and checked my caller-display device, I saw Mrs Kong's office number in it. That call to my house was on the afternoon of 8th February.
On the morning of 12th February, Andy called from Manila, asking me to help them out. I went to see Christine. She told me about her meeting with Mrs Yap and Mrs Kong. Yvonne Tan was also present. Christine claimed she saw the email that I wrote with Kimberly's details in it. She was sitting opposite the principal whose computer, placed at an angle on her desk, displayed my email.
Mrs Yap asked,"Who is this XXXXX? Why does she have your daughter's particulars? Who is she to question the authority of the school? This is the school's decision. What has MOE got to do with it?" The trio told Christine the problem arose because I complained. Then in front of Christine, Mrs Yap dictated to Mrs Kong while she typed out her reply to MOE.
Kimberly was suspended from school the following day.
Andy was very mad with me. He said I should have kept my mouth shut. Oh, really!?! He wanted me to go with them to see Komathi at MOE building. I turned them down.
My identity was revealed to the school when Komathi forwarded the email to them. How else would Mrs Kong know who to call? Komathi didn't make a thorough investigation. She just called the school to find out. Christine commented that when she was in Mrs Kong's office, 'the way Mrs Kong talked to Komathi on the phone was like old friends'.
Later, Mrs Kong told my hubby, "Actually the school has the right to accept students without the approval of MOE. MOE has no clear guidelines and regulations on this. It was an eye-opener. If there was no complaint, Kimberly would have completed her secondary education without a hitch. Thank God I didn't ask for donation in Kimberly's case!" Excuse me?
I would expect MOE HQ and all our civil service to exercise discretion for the complainant's safety. Almost all my letters of complaint were forwarded to the respective schools. So for those of you who want to give negative feedback, be prepared for your identity to be revealed, whereby it would result in more problems for you. By doing so, I think MOE might hope to scare people into thinking twice before complaining. Well, it didn't scare me. Even though I got death threats..............
/to be continued