So, the Ministry of Education is cooking something new :
The camp programme â€“ billed kembar padu (integrated triumvirate) â€“ was created following concerns that children of various races were not mingling, with many attending vernacular schools, he said.
But the NUTP, national union of teacher something-something are arguing over :
The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) disagrees with the Education Ministryâ€™s intention to increase the number of English sessions for Year One pupils.
As a parent with three school going kids, all these are pretty puzzling to me. But since I am going to be stucked right in the middle for while, I suppose we just have to go with the flow and rant when I like it.
So, let’s get on with the rant to maintain peace!
Firstly, the bunch of teachers are a PITA (in = in, T = the, the other P A, you go figure). They only want to work five days like the rest of the civil servants. So, they crammed all the co-curricular activities into the school days. Kids have to go to school as early as 6.30 am, finish school at 2.10 pm, attend Scouts from 2.30 – 5pm. On other days, finish classes at 2.10, attend some club activities till 4 pm. At 4.30 pm, they have sports practice. Some schools make their teachers to return on Saturdays so that the kids don’t have to cram everything into one day. But most schools don’t. My kids are lucky ‘cos they either live next to the school and has time to run back for a bath and eat or they are pretty grown up and are fine with the long hours. However, you should see those poor, scrawny kids hanging for the whole day, waiting for one activities to another, in the scorching sun, minimum foods and no proper resting place.
Next, the standard of the teachers’ English are a PITA too. I shall not quote who, where and how but believe me, it is better off our kids don’t hear it than to learn it. One is pronounce as ‘wang’, for example.
The future of the country is in our kids’ hands. But the hand that feeds them that, i.e. the parents and teachers are not always giving the right and proper ‘nutrition’. You want to teach the children racial integration? How about starting with us parents? Have we forgotten those keris brandishing acts? The one who said they are willing to resort to blood bath to defend their imaginary boundary? Who is behind it? Who is talking now? How about toning down the ‘mereka mereka yang kafir dan tidak bertamadun?’ (those infidels who are errmmm…uncultured?) which are blasting over the public airwaves every day and especially on Fridays?
It takes more than camps and silly acts like eating with hands and chopsticks, dudes. Get real! It takes a gentle approach of teaching our children about accepting others without the fear of ‘people broaching in their territories’ which require those dramatic bloodbath talks.
Remember to check Lame Basket for his funny cartoons on Ah Longs and the prison.