Using a centrally decided system not only burdens the teachers with the bureaucracy but also limits their freedom to design the assessment model, say Nicholas Chan.
For how long are those in power going to keep on bluffing themselves that there is no discipline problem in our schools and trying to make the nation believe their bluff, wonders Ravinder Singh.
The collective outrage over our education system shouldn’t abate, writes Sheila Santharamohana. Let us insist on and advocate for an open forum where all students are accepted for who they are and heard as equals.
Why this urgency to cram in school staff meetings into the last week of the year, when everyone else is on holiday and in the festive mood, wonders Blue Christmas.
P Ramakrishnan gives us a glimpse into the life and times of the late Fan Yew Teng, an extraordinary political activist who refused to be cowed or muzzled.
Johor State Education Director Markom Giran despicably attempted to force teachers to play a partisan political role in the Tenang by-election. He was trying to corrupt the civil service, asserts P Ramakrishnan.
It is difficult to reconcile how a principal of a secondary school could be so insensitive and dumb as to utter derogatory words to denigrate students under her care. She had shown utter contempt to the Chinese and Indians in this country.
Over the long-term real change will be facilitated through a revamp of the education system which, as Teacher’s Blues describes, now falls desperately short of expectations.
A review of a new book which is the result of a courageous and compelling study of the insurgency in the far south of Thailand.