Primary school mistresses fired for lying about school accident
  • | | February 22, 2017 10:01 AM
Hanoi's Cau Giay District authorities have announced that the headmistress and vice head of Nam Trung Yen Primary School will be fired for lying after their involvement in an accident in which a pupil broke a leg.

The decision was announced on February 21.

Ta Thi Bich Ngoc, headmistress of Nam Trung Yen Primary School was fired for breaking the code of ethics, breaking the school regulations that cars are banned from schoolyard and lying about the accident and obstructing police investigations. The vice headmistress Nguyen Thi Huong was also sacked because she failed to fulfil her management responsibility and covered up for Ngoc.

Nguyen Thanh Tinh, vice head of Cau Giay Department of Education and Training will temporarily take over the management of Nam Trung Yen School.


Nguyen Thanh Tinh, vice head of Cau Giay Department of Education and Training

On December 1, 2016, a taxi carrying Ngoc and Huong hit the second grader Tran Chi Kien in the school yard. Kien's leg was broken but Ngoc got out of the taxi and went straight into the office. Kien was brought to the school's clinic by Huong and transferred to the National Hospital of Paediatrics.

Kien's broken leg

Kien's father, Tran Chi Dung, was only informed that his son's leg broken while playing, the women didn't mention the taxi. Dung said Kien was scared and thought that he was at fault. It took a while to make him talk about the accident. Kien said he was hit by a car and saw the headmistress inside.

However, when Dung went to the school to ask about the accident, Ngoc denied that she had taken a car to school. She then conducted a fake survey of all teachers and students who claimed that no car had entered the school.

After Dung published the story onto the media to call for help, about 18 teachers said they were tricked to sign into the survey. Ngoc told them that it was for a school safety inspection from the department of education and training. The teachers said they didn't know about the accident.

The police started to investigate the case on December 30.

Dung thanked the quick decision from the Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung and said the situation wouldn't have been so problematic if Ngoc and Huong didn't lie. "If only they were honest and apologised," he said. "I still believe in good teachers. My sibling, grandfather and grandfather-in-law are all teachers."

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