The Ministry of Education and Training has asked local authorities in Quang Binh Province to strictly punish a local teacher who ordered 23 pupils to slap a classmate 231 times. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy The pupil was admitted to hospital after the order of Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy, a teacher at Duy Ninh Secondary School, was carried out. The Ministry of Education and Training said this was a violation of the code of ethics for teachers and badly affected the local education sector. On November 19, Thuy ordered 23 pupils of Class 6.2 to slap Hoang after hearing she used foul language in class. Thuy and the pupils slapped the girl a total 231 times. The girl has been released from hospital. Doctors said she wasn’t seriously injured but the incident had traumatised her. Hoang’s family said they didn’t want to let her stay in Thuy’s class anymore. Thuy is the school’s Maths and Technology teacher. She used to work at Hai Ninh Secondary School and has just been transferred to Duy Ninh Secondary School a few months ago. She has been suspended for 15 days for investigation. Thuy admitted that she was wrong. According to Thuy, she was too angry and was under pressure since her class is always ranked in the bottom. However, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia said that no matter the reason, it was unacceptable to order pupils to attack a classmate and Thuy must be strictly punished.