Ex-student of Northland Secondary School defends principal Leonard Koh
Posted by temasektimes on June 24, 2012
I’m an ex-student of Northland sec school, where the principal is currently in.
Personally, I was surprised and felt sorry when Mr Koh got into this trouble. In real life, he is (from what I had witnessed for about three years since he came to our school) very determined to bring up our school standard. Hence, he didn’t hesitate to interact with our students as much as possible, be it boys or girls. He is very eager to find out what our students need, which explains the new cafeteria-style canteen at our old canteen.
Perhaps this interaction that he does with his female students was a facet of his attempts to get to know his students as much as possible, and perhaps, since he was an ex-vice principal of a girls’ school previously, he thought commenting “Nice” is a good way to start platonic relationship with sensitive, shy female students.
Importantly, a few weeks after he came to our school to be a principal, he publicly gave caning to one sec-two boy who intentionally flipped his female classmate’ skirt. His strict attitude towards boys’ inappropriate behavior to girls was what etched in my memories even now when it has been almost two years since I graduated from the school.
Although I acknowledge that the way of interaction he chose is quite unwise, I hope that people will not make him another scapegoat. Under Mr Koh, Northland has grew tremendously in terms of personal development as well as academics.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times