PETALING JAYA: The High Court in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, has awarded RM90,000 in damages to three former students in their lawsuit against a former teacher and others, for refusing to teach them English in 2017.
Justice Leonard David Shim held that the plaintiffs – Rusiah Sabdarin, Nur Natasha Allisya Hamali and Calvina Angayung – had proven their case on a balance of probabilities.
The three women were students at SMK Taun Gusi in Kota Belud.
The court made no cost order against the defendants, according to Sabah’s Daily Express.
The trio had filed the lawsuit against their teacher, Jainal Jamran, and former headmaster, Suid Hanapi, in 2020.
They also named the director-general of education, the education minister, and the federal government as defendants.
They said that Jainal had been assigned to teach English thrice weekly from January to October 2017, but only showed up in the first two months.
They said the government failed to take steps to rectify Jainal’s absence and breached its statutory duties through inaction.
Natasha had said she filed the lawsuit to ensure other students would not face a similar problem in the future.