Yesterday, I posted that 1 of the biggest problems in the education system is the way teachers are incentivised wrongly, leading to teaching being relegated to the back burner. This article in the Straits Times forum page today, contributed by Ms Anne Chia, a former teacher and HOD (head of department) of a Secondary school echoes this point.
She is urging the MOE to give teachers sufficient time to teach, mark, and provide feedback to the students. Only then will proper learning take place.
She also mentioned the second problem that I have unearthed. The Ministry is coming up with very good initiatives but the implementation is at best slip-shod, and I feel, at worst, skewed or manipulated beyond its real purpose.
If MOE can seriously tackle these 2 problems:
1) Let teachers focus on teaching (with the correct monetary benefits to reflect that)
2) Implementation of initiatives to be carried out properly (from principals, to teachers, to parents)
Then, we should be able see a huge difference in our education system within 5 years.
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