This is the teacher's side of the story.
I was shocked when I read the article. I know the warden meant well, but is this the way to
discipline educate our young? The students are just teenagers. It is wrong to punish all of them for something that one or two students did.
The water is said to be polluted. What if the girls got infected with some kind of virus or a parasite that got into them while being submerged in such water? And what if they got sick being soaked for so long?
Some time ago, in a secondary girls' school in Singapore, its Discipline Mistress made several girls go braless for the day because they were wearing coloured bras instead of white ones! Yes, the girls broke a school rule, but should they be humiliated? It is frustrating for the Discipline Mistress when their students won't listen despite repeated warnings, but do they have to resort to such means?
For 2 years in my son's school, there was no toilet paper provided for all the boys because a few students messed up the toilets with the toilet paper. Many innocent students were punished because of a few mischievous ones. Instead of educating the few, the Principal decided to punish the whole school of boys. She broke a rule too, so I complained to National Environment Agency.
There are many more wrongful disciplinary actions by the school that I want to complain to MOE. The school staff are closely-knitted and would rally around one another. And my son is marked.
Every disciplinary action meted out are actually meant to discipline the students, just make sure that it must not be abusive and students should understand the purpose behind the punishment.
What would you, as a parent, had done if your child is punished to squat in the pond for an hour?
Have you been abused or humiliated by your teachers or heard of any student who was?
Some students I know were made to :
suck pacifiers for the rest of the day when they talk in class;
stand in hot sun for an hour for not wearing their PE T-shirt;
books thrown out of classroom windows for bad handwriting;
carry all the textbooks to school the next day for forgeting one...etc.