Former teacher and whistleblower Nurhaizah Ejab, who testified against educators who repeatedly skipped classes, is gaining increasing support from the public.
In a series of shocking revelations brought to light through the Tiada.Guru campaign on Twitter, serious allegations of misconduct within the education system have emerged.
The campaign, led by @tiadaguru, has shed light on several disturbing incidents involving teachers and administrators of SMK Taun Gusi in Kota Belud, Sabah.
They are calling for the government to protect Nurhaizah Ejab as a whistleblower.
With a petition running, the campaign said: “She is now a historic Ministry of Education whistleblower teacher. But until now, she has no whistleblower protection. Where are our politicians, police, MACC, and the Education Ministry?”
One of the revelations, citing court transcript involves a teacher who courageously reported on absent history teachers.
One of the most shocking testimonies in this trial was from Cikgu Nurhaizah Ejab.— The Tiada.Guru Campaign (@tiadaguru) July 20, 2023
Her testimony was freq. cited by the High Court Judge in his grounds: she was a STAR ⭐ witness.
Many don't know: Nurhaizah is a CURRENT MOE teacher. She risked her life to testify in High Court. pic.twitter.com/4JlDllT77V
Reporting absent teachers leads to alleged attack from administrator
However, instead of being supported, the teacher was allegedly attacked by the administrator who was said to have been protecting the absent teachers.
This allegation has raised concerns about the integrity of the education system.
There were also allegations of marks being fabricated to make the school look good but the campaign did not clarify whether these fabricated marks were ever rectified, raising questions about the credibility of academic achievements.
Zooming in on Nurhaizah, she took matters into her own hands to expose a teacher’s negligence.
Whistleblower exposes teacher’s negligence through GoPro footage
In 2017, Nurhaizah discreetly placed a GoPro camera in a fellow teacher’s classroom to gather evidence.
Through 80 time-stamped recordings, she revealed that the teacher, identified as JJ, consistently failed to attend class, leaving the students without proper instruction.
The audacity of this misconduct raises concerns about the welfare and education of Kota Belud’s children.
How did she hide a GoPro in a classroom with dozens and dozens of students?!— The Tiada.Guru Campaign (@tiadaguru) July 20, 2023
She put it inside a recycled box and put it away, where it could capture the classroom, but would not draw the suspicion of the students inside. pic.twitter.com/I0w0wESA3t
Nurhaizah’s actions have sparked discussions about the need for whistleblower protection and independent investigations with disciplinary powers.
She is being hailed as a true public servant, advocating for transparency and accountability within the education system.
It raises questions about the effectiveness of existing safeguards and calls for immediate action to restore public trust.
Collective efforts in supporting the Tiada.Guru campaign
The Tiada.Guru’s campaign has been supported by three courageous individuals: Rusiah, Calvina, and Nur Natasha.
Their collective efforts highlight the uphill battle those seeking justice and reforms within the education sector face.
@dominicjow Replying to @Ani_Naidu 3rd Life Studios(my studio) is an ally of @The Tiada.Guru Campaign and we want to congratulate the 3 brave, brave litigants and the witnesses for winning this education war! You guys made history today! We are so proud of you and we look forward to a clean education for the future generation.💕💕 #tiadaguru #malaysiaeducation #litigation #fypmalaysia🇲🇾 ♬ original sound – Dom
As these revelations unfold, the public demands swift and decisive action from relevant authorities to address these issues and ensure the integrity of the education system for the betterment of students and society.
Nurhaizah’s supporters have called on politicians, police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and the Ministry of Education to investigate any criminal actions shared by her and other plaintiffs through their testimony, documents and audio-video recordings.
Nurhaizah’s testimony in the Kota Kinabalu High Court earlier this year revealed that her complaints and reports about the absentee teacher were ignored in 2015.
She also received threats to her safety after raising the issue of teachers skipping classes.
@danieljoww Reply to @ohpartypartyyeahh LOUDER! #tiadaguru ♬ telephone electrolightz remix – JP 🔥
The need for whistleblower protection and independent investigations
The Tiada.Guru campaign has urged all MPs to support laws that protect whistleblowers from executive interference.
They believe all teachers should be free to voice their concerns without fear of retribution.
The campaign has called for an independent Public Ombudsman to investigate such cases and take appropriate enforcement action.
As Nurhaizah prepares to testify again in the upcoming trial, her growing support has pressured the government to protect whistleblowers in the public service.
Her unbelievable journey mirrors the enormous mountains climbed by our three Plaintiffs: Rusiah, Calvina, and Nur Natasha.— The Tiada.Guru Campaign (@tiadaguru) July 20, 2023
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