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2008-10-07 00:00:30

By Jayaraj K.G.S. COME 2010, the Education Ministry will embark on yet another ambitious project by introducing a new curriculum for primary schools where the emphasis will be on school-based assessment. It has been argued that too much importance has been placed on examinations and that pupils - and parents - were only concerned about scoring As in public examinations, thus ignoring the holistic development of a child. It has also been noted that many people have little interest in...

2008-10-06 00:00:32

THE noble profession is no longer looked upon with the respect it once commanded. It is sad but true that most parents pass disparaging remarks about teachers, particularly the lack of passion. National Parent-Teacher Collaborative Council president Associate Professor Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan echoes public sentiment when he says teachers today lack dedication. Realising the dire consequences to future generations, the Education Ministry is upgrading the training curriculum, with special...

2008-10-06 00:00:32

By Samuel Yesuiah WITH reference to the report "Skills training from Form 1" (NST, July 26), the Education Ministry's plan to introduce vocational and technical subjects for Form One students who are not academically inclined is a move in the right direction and should be implemented next year. Every year, about 400,000 students sit the Year Six public examination and many of them do not even pass a single subject. Yet these students go on to Form One where after three years they sit...

2008-09-15 06:00:31

Text of report by Conan Businge and Josephine Maseruka entitled: "School heads defy directive to close" published by state-owned, mass-circulation Ugandan daily The New Vision website on 14 September Head teachers have protested a decision by the Ministry of Education to close 400 schools as the third term opens today. They vowed to defy the directive, arguing that the closure was wrongly timed, being the last term in the academic year. They also argued that they had not received formal...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS The Environmental Protection Ministry and the Education Ministry are slated to declare the new school year a green one at a ceremony next week in front of the principals of all the elementary schools in Israel. While many of the ministries' environmental education programs will be continuing from last year, the Environmental Protection Ministry said Monday that it had increased its budgeting for old and new programs by nearly NIS 1 million to a total NIS 5.5m....

2008-09-02 15:00:23

By ABE SELIG An estimated 1,466,829 pupils are set to begin the 2008/09 school year on Monday morning, up 20,000 from a year ago, unless a threatened strike materializes. Ninety-one new schools will be around to accommodate the children, but 2,000 fewer staff members will be working compared to a year ago, the Education Ministry said at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning. As part of the ministry's "New Horizon" reform program, three areas will be targeted for...

2008-08-27 15:01:00

By STICKLEY, Marcus Parents could soon start being prosecuted for taking their children out of school for a holiday, a Nelson principal says. Primary schools have been reinforcing attendance rules with parents after receiving reminders from the Education Ministry to do so. Under the Education Act, every pupil enrolled at a registered school must attend the school whenever it is open. Ministry guidelines say it is up to principals to decide whether an absence is justified. Parents...

2008-08-21 00:00:41

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malayan Christian Schools' Council has welcomed the Education Ministry's plan to help all 410 mission schools. It said that mission schools found it challenging to maintain their facilities and education standards in the wake of rising inflation and the growing expectations of parents. Chairman Yap Kok Keong said the schools had been kept afloat through donations channelled through churches. "For far too long these churches have been helping the schools through the...

2008-08-15 00:00:31

By Liong Kam Chong HEADING a school successfully requires leadership and management knowledge, interpersonal skills, experience and other qualities. In developed countries like the United Kingdom, teachers must first acquire a professional qualification in school headship before they are eligible to be considered for appointment as school heads. In the early 1990s, our Education Ministry took the cue from these developed countries. Accordingly, the National Professional Qualification for...

2008-08-13 15:00:17

By MCENTEE, Claire INCLUDING computer science in the secondary school maths curriculum would create a huge problem, says Maths Teachers' Association president Alan Parris. A recent report commissioned by the Computer Society on technology achievement standards found that none of the 18 standards approved by the Education Ministry was appropriate. It suggested the solution might be to teach computer science as a maths subject. But Mr Parris says the maths curriculum is full enough. "If...