Oct 23, 2009
According to Joanna, a teacher trainee from Rajang Teachers Training College, she was told to withdraw from training Course either to slim down herself to return to the college on the following year. Joanna who weighed 110kg was graduated from Universiti Tenaga National (Uniten) in business administration. Read here- Ministry to look into allegation of discrimination
A senior official from the Rajang Teachers' Training College in Kuching told her that she was too fat to be a teacher, so finally she had no choice than withdrew from the course. However Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ministry had never discriminated against trainee teachers based on their appearance.
Joanna’s appearance doesn’t stop her to be successful is certain teaching criteria as other trainees also. According to Joanna she had asked for a refund of her registration fee from the ministry due to the incident. The personal remarks from the senior officer drew attention from education ministry and also Sarawak Teachers Union (STU).