Dr G Mallika Vasugi

Recent and archived articles by Dr G Mallika Vasugi

14 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Should examinations be abolished?

SHOULD examinations be abolished? Decades ago, this was a popular and almost mandatory essay topic in secondary school. Every book of “Model Essays” had this on its list of essay topics and many passionate arguments around this theme were heard on the student debate stage.

Many of us managed to have enjoyable school experiences, develop skills, and learn a lot more about life besides what was formally taught to us in the classrooms. — File photo
3 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Getting into the groove of teaching

The start of the new school year often brings its own set of changes and challenges

Every new school year brings its own changes as nothing remains exactly the same. —
25 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

Be anything you want to be

Our role as teachers is to help our students recognise their own strengths, potential and steer them in that direction when it is time to do so

Students in SMK Senai enjoying an English language activity with their teacher Rhema Echo Rajendram.
7 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

Putting one’s best foot forward

Teachertalk - By Dr G Mallika Vasugi
We should always be ready and not only get our act together when there is an impending appraisal or review

Best practices need to be consistent at all times. —
19 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

Engaging pupils on another level

No teacher wants her class to be disorderly but would a classroom full of boisterous pupils who are actively participating in the lesson be more desirable than a class of passive and well-managed pupils?

1 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Raising the bar on leadership

Having a percentage of people in decision-making places who because of their competence and capability, deserve to be there does not balance out the presence of those who do not possess these vital qualities that make a leader.

At the very heart of education is the teacher in the classroom with the students. —
20 May 2018 | 7:00 AM

Impact on the lives they teach

It is the knowledge that they are appreciated for what they do beyond their job duties, that gives teaching its soul.

Teachers taking a wefie while wearing school uniforms to celebrate Teachers Day last year. — File photo
7 Jan 2018 | 7:00 AM

New approach for the new year

WHETHER they admit it or not, very few people are completely unaffected by the knowledge that one year has ended and another new one, just beginning.

24 Dec 2017 | 7:00 AM

It’s the personal touch that matters

While there is so much to be gained from the digital age, nothing beats the teacher who is truly in tune with the academic and emotional aspects of a student’s development.

19 Nov 2017 | 7:00 AM

Changes must come from within

Teachertalk - By Dr G Mallika Vasugi
Those who come up with transformation initiatives in schools must make sure that teachers and other stakeholders tasked with bringing about the changes, have conviction and commitment.