13 Mar 2000

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     Today is the first day of the school holidays. Students from primary and secondary schools in Singapore get a one-week break from their studies. As a relief teacher, I understand the stress these students are under. At school they have to cram as much knowledge as they can so that they can regurgitate it during the Continual Assessments which take place every so often. 

     Some good schools know how to help the students handle the stress. These are the ones which have good principals driving the school and the teachers in the right direction. Often, teachers, although well meaning, can load their students with too much homework and then expect these same students to complete it within their time specifications. Students get scoldings if they do not comply. These same teachers then lodge complaints that the students are not taking their work seriously. 

     A school principal I know did the right thing when he received one such complaint. He told his teachers that it was not always the fault of the student when the homework was not handed in promptly. He asked the teachers to honestly ask themselves whether they had given too much homework and not enough time for the students to complete it. He also suggested that the teacher could have given homework which was too difficult for the students to do.

     I agree with him. We need more of such people in Singapore. It is not that we should take the side of the students. What is important is we understand the stress our students are under to perform well and nudge them on when they do fall behind. Our students are already bombarded with homework assignments from different subject teachers. It helps them if we can just exercise our discretion by giving them a longer leash at times. This is altogether different from sparing the rod and spoiling the child. 

     We should not forget that both at school and at home, students are actively encouraged to get good grades. The pressure on them is tremendous. Have we forgotten that we were once also students? Surely, now that we are adults and some of us also teachers, we wish for our young ones what we wanted for ourselves when we were students- appreciative teachers who share our woes and sorrows and bother to make things less difficult for us so that we can sail through our transitional years in school.


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NATIONAL SERVICE: Central Manpower Base (CMPB)  National service registration starts on Monday 31 Jan 2000 for all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) born on or between 14 Jun 1982 and 12 Sep 1982, and ends on 10 Mar 2000. 

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News Flash        

Today Monday 13 Mar 2000

In Singapore

American pop diva Mariah Carey arrived in Singapore late yesterday afternoon. She is here for a one-night performance at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Those who want to get a car within the next 12 months need not hurry to get a COE because the release of 109 452 COEs for the quota year starting in May should stabilise prices.

Following the economic crisis, only about 45 000 jobs are expected to be created each year, compared to the pre-crisis figure of 83 000.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has come up with an elite new degree course which aims to equip students with both the technical and business know-how of setting up and running an e-commerce business.


Jakarta: Indonesian Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono has warned politicians here to push ahead with democratic reforms or risk the military stepping back into politics.

Around the world

London: The Internet Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) goes online tomorrow.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.

Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.


The Editor

Raymond Han

You can e-mail him at editor@getforme.com