A teacher at the Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) in Ho Chi Minh City has been suspended from work after some parents accused her of insulting their children.
Vo Thi Thu Hong, head teacher of a first-grade class at a VAS branch in Binh Thanh District, was suspended on Saturday, just one day after some parents did not take their children to the school and alleged that she had offended them.
Hong was accused of telling students, “You’re dull as a cow” whenever their handwriting is not good, and plastering lipstick on boys’ faces and threatening to cut girls’ hairs when they refused to take a nap.
The teacher was also accused of not allowing students to go to the restroom during the school period.
The Vietnam Australia International School said in a press release that although Hong, a newly-recruited teacher, “had no malice” in the incident, her behavior was inappropriate for the educational environment and badly affected the school’s image.
The school also suspended the principal of its Binh Thanh District's branch where Hong taught, pending a review into the case. It apologized to the parents and said that final disciplinary measures would be announced by October 22.
The Vietnam Australia International School, established in Ho Chi Minh City in 2004, is a private school group offering a K–12 education program. Currently, it has around 5,000 students at six campuses in the city.