Compiled by SIRA HABIBU, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
A FRUSTRATED father in Shanghai, China, caused a small blaze in his building after setting his son’s homework on fire, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The father, in his 30s, was attempting to teach his son at the time. However, he got angry at his son for not listening to him.
In a fit of rage, he lit his son’s homework on fire and threw it onto the apartment balcony.
Little did he know that it was a windy day and the burning pieces of paper ended up being blown into the apartment right below, setting a part of his neighbour’s home alight.
Fortunately, when the police arrived, the fire had been put out.
They reprimanded the father and demanded that he write a letter of apology to other residents of the apartment for causing a scare and promising that he would keep his temper in check.
When the news was shared online, many Internet users sympathised with the father, saying that teaching children was often a frustrating affair.
However, there were others who criticised the father’s behaviour and for failing to set a good example.
“You need patience when teaching kids and would especially need to keep the fire (temper) in you under control, ” an Internet user, who is a firefighter wrote.
> Chinese schools are expected to face a shortage of 600 teachers when the 2021 school term begins, the same daily reported Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon as saying.
He revealed that the ministry had tried to alleviate the problem by opening up a total of 647 vacancies for temporary teachers this year.
However, only 204 candidates applied for the job, out of which only 21 passed the interview, he said.
According to him, the ratio of successful applicants was between 16.7% and 33.3% in order to preserve the quality of teachers.
“On one hand, we need talented teachers. On the other hand, we need to lower our (application) requirements. In the long run, this is not beneficial to our students, ” he said during a meeting with the Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan School Boards on Saturday.
Dr Mah admitted that the hiring of temporary teachers was not a viable long-term solution.
“The issue is made worse by the fact that fewer candidates are taking Chinese Language in SPM with each passing year, ” he said.
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.