Ex-teacher accused of abusing 5-year-oldA FORMER pre-school centre teacher was charged yesterday with ill-treating and physically abusing a then five-year-old girl in her class.The PAP Community Foundation teacher is said to have, on Aug 15 last year, ordered the girl to remove her clothes and stand naked in front of the class. The girl cannot be named due to a court-ordered gag order. The teacher is not being named as it may lead to the girl's identity.The woman, now 25, is also accused of using criminal force on the child in three other incidents - twice in July last year and once the following month. In the August incident, the girl hit her head against a whiteboard after the teacher allegedly swung her against it. On the other two occasions, the accused is said to have pushed the girl, causing her to fall on a basket of toys.She also allegedly turned the girl around and pushed her on the shoulders in a separate incident, causing her to fall and hit her forehead on a wooden shelf.Yesterday, the woman said in court she wished to plead guilty and engage a lawyer. The Straits Times understands she lost her job last year.District Judge Lim Tse Haw extended her police bail and told her not to approach the victim.If convicted of ill-treating the child under the Children and Young Persons Act, she could be fined up to $4,000, or jailed for up to four years, or jailed and fined. The maximum penalty for using criminal force is three months' jail and a $1,500 fine on each charge.
I thought shouting and hitting children in school is an accepted practice here?
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