E-book launched to spark reform in independent Chinese schools

Compiled by JO TIMBUONG and C. ARUNO

EDUCATIONIST group Dong Zong recently published its first e-book in an attempt to spark a reform among independent Chinese schools, reports Sin Chew Daily.

The first issue was written by psychologist Dr Teoh Hee Chong titled “Ten key issues allowing you to understand independent Chinese schools at a glance”.

Dong Zong, also known as the United Chinese School Committees Association, determines the syllabus for the Unified Examination Certificate.

The e-book series serves as a platform for the public to keep up with developments among the schools. The main aim, according to Dong Zong president Tan Tai Kim, was to encourage a reform in education.

“Education reforms require cooperation from all parties. It is not enough to rely only on teachers to spark a reform.

“Before implementing a new policy, apart from teachers, we need to ensure that parents, the board of directors, and members of the public understand why they are being implemented, ” he said.

> Iguanas are becoming a pest in Taiwan’s southwestern province of Chiayi after a number of them decimated local crops recently, reports China Press.

Several farmers were reported to have caught more than 200 of the reptiles in less than a month and have posted photos of their capture online.

One of the farmers, who wanted to be known only as Yuen, said he believed the iguanas had been breeding rapidly in recent months and were getting out of control.

He added that when startled, many were known to bite and scratch, which made catching them a challenge.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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