The Education Ministry & UMNO Cohorts should have known better instead of bullying the Convent's Board. What has been discussed and agreed by the government and The Church should not be tempered by little Napoleons in UMNO & The Eudcation Ministry.
PETALING JAYA: The furore caused by the recent replacement of the principal to SMK Convent Bukit Nanas was put to rest with the new Catholic head reporting for work in the school.
The mother provincial of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus (IJ) Convent, Sister Rosalind Tan, confirmed yesterday that the new principal Mystical Rose Fernandez had reported for duty last week.
“The controversy would not have happened if the Education Ministry had consulted the school board when appointing the new principal,” said Tan.
Fernandez was nominated by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus (IJ) Convent which owns the mission school.
Datin Seri Zavirah Mohd Shaari had been earlier appointed as the school’s principal following the retirement of the previous principal Lee Chii Yuann in November.
The controversy ensued when the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Tan Sri Datuk Murphy Pakiam objected to Zavirah’s appointment as he said it was contrary to the Government’s policy of consultation.
He said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had affirmed the pledge to consult mission school authorities over the choice of school heads and teachers during a 1988 trip to Kota Kinabalu.
Pakiam then appealed to the ministry’s director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud to reconsider the appointment and pick a candidate nominated by the school board.
Federal Territory Education Department director Datuk Khairil Awang later announced that a new principal would be heading the school following consultation with the school board.