Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Convent Bukit Nenas (CBN) is sailing into controversy. What started off as a normal replacement of a Principal after retirement of the older, has apparently turned into a why you the Kementerian who funded the school did not consult us the School Board before you send this Principle who we do not know of. The story so far can be read here.
Apparently the CBN School Board who had sent their own nominees for the replacement Principle were not informed that the Kementerian had their own choice of school head. I believe it is the Kementerian's Choice as they ultimately pays for the salary of the Principle and other teachers the school being what it is, a fully funded Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan.
Though the Kementerian's action seems heavy handed I am sure they have their legitimate reasons to do so and after all there are thousands of SMKs around this blessed country to manage which include other "elite" and long established schools such as MCKK, Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar (English School), Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Penang Free, Malacca High etc. etc. which produced many illustrious sons and daughters of this country, so what makes the CBN School board think that CBN is that special?
The Kementerian Pelajaran has many SMKs to run efficiently without being forced by a School Board of a particular school to reconsider their choice of Principle to head a SMK for whatever reason that they can cook.
Transferring the new Principle of SMK CBN would only open the flood gates, soon many other School Boards will want their choice of nominees as Principle, later it would be teachers too. When will these requests end? The new school session in 2012 starts soon, let not the students suffer because the School Board do not like the Kementerian's choice as Principle.
Kalau Kementerian Pelajaran tidak percaya, cuba bagi betis, yang lain tentu mahu peha.
Read also Helen Ang's take on the growing controversy here.