Brothers killed for skipping school


  • Education
  • Sunday, 04 Jan 2004

A TEACHER in India beat two brothers to death after he found them skipping school, the Indian news agency UNI reported last week. 

The teacher found the children playing in a forest during school hours and reportedly struck their heads against one another until they were dead. Four other schoolmates fled. 

The bodies of the two children were discovered on Christmas Eve. 

The teacher has confessed to the killing of the elementary school brothers – students in the first and fourth grades. Their father said his sons would have skipped school for fear of being beaten by the teacher, something that was frequent, the UNI report stated. 

Recently, another Indian teacher made headlines in the state of Madhya Pradesh, after beating a boy so badly that he went blind in one eye. – dpa  

Nigerian varsity bans ‘provocative’ dressing  

AUTHORITIES at a university in southwest Nigeria have banned “provocative and indecent dressing” that can offend the sensibilities of other students. 

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ife said it had observed a growing trend where the majority of students wear clothes that barely cover their bodies. 

“This mode of dressing is highly provocative, indecent and can infringe on the sensibilities of other students,” it said. 

The university, established in 1962, has a population of some 40,000 students, almost evenly distributed between Christians and Muslims. The OAU is among dozens of higher education institutions in Africa’s most populous country where violent student gangs or cultists have killed, raped and maimed hundreds of people. – AFP 

HK teachers fail English language tests  

NEARLY seven years after Britain returned its former colony of Hong Kong to China, English language teaching skills are on the decline. A government survey showed the majority of English language school teachers failed writing and speaking skills assessments. 

The Education and Manpower Bureau said that of the 1,930 teachers who sat the five-part test, 68% failed the writing paper and 52% failed the speaking test. Some 45% also failed the listening test compared with 28% who failed in the last assessment nine months ago. But the majority passed the reading and classroom language papers. 

The Bureau said 8,662 out of 15,000 English-language teachers had fully or partially met the benchmark requirements that were introduced two years ago. The Hong Kong Institute of Education said as many as 8,000 primary and 3,000 secondary English teachers still did not have a degree. – dpa  

Polish aid agency improves schools in Iraq 

SIXTEEN schools will soon be ready for pupils in Iraq’s Babil province. The Warsaw-based Polish Humanitarian Organisation (PAH) also intends to equip the standard facilities with computer workshops. 

Art and ceramics workshops, a sports centre, English language and computer facilities and a youth drop-in centre in the central city of Hilla will also be ready soon, and PAH plans on building six more such centres. The construction of a further 25 rural elementary schools is also on the cards, as are water purification facilities. 

PAH has set helping children in Iraq’s Babil province as its top priority. Some 321,000 children and teenagers attend 1,040 Iraqi schools, only 68% of pupils complete primary school and only half benefit from secondary education. 

Jordan revamps school curricula  

JORDAN has revamped its schools curricula with the introduction of a set of chapters on human rights as well as renouncing extremism and violence. 

Minister of Education Khaled Touqan said the introduction of 80-page chapters into five major textbooks had no political connotations. “We introduced many chapters on human rights and peace concepts on the basis of Unesco’s international charter,”. 

The new teachings would incorporate the English, Arabic, national and Islamic education as well as social studies. Official sources said the set of human rights was designed to help children distinguish between “terrorism” and legitimate resistance in occupied territories. – dpa  

ADB approves RM380mil Bangladesh loan 

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100mil (RM380mil) loan to help improve the quality of primary education in Bangladesh. The loan is part of a US$1.8bil (RM6.8bil) six-year programme that is mostly being funded by Bangladesh. The bank will also administer a US$389mil (RM 1.5bil) grant from international donor agencies, including the European Commission and the United Nations Children’s Fund. 

Much of the expenditure is expected to target the poor, with the aim of increasing school enrolment by at least 3.2 million. Some 320,000 teachers would also be trained under the programme. Dropout rates in Bangladesh schools are high due to poverty and the perception among many that schooling is of little value. – Reuters 

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