Conduct teachers’ courses after school


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  • Monday, 27 Oct 2003

I REFER to an article “Regent: Ponder reason children are sent for tuition” (The Star, Oct 16). 

As a parent, I can tell why many parents need to send their children for tuition classes outside school hours.  

It is not because of insufficient school hours.  

First and foremost, if all classes are conducted according to the scheduled timetable, I should see no reason why we need to send our children for tuition classes.  

I am sure many parents would agree with me if I say that the absentee rate of teachers during classes is quite high. They are always away on courses or are busy doing other work during school hours.  

I thank the Education Department for conducting courses so that all teachers are updated to benefit our children. But on the other hand, I wonder why teachers are being sent for courses during school hours?  

Wouldn't it be more appropriate if they are sent for the courses after school hours or during weekends?  

In so doing, this will not interrupt their scheduled timetable. Secondly, teachers should be competent in the subjects they are teaching and not to take up any subject because there are no teachers available.  

My child always complains that going to school is boring because he has little or nothing to do in school when teachers are not conducting their lessons.  

He is always looking forward to going for tuition classes rather than school.  

I hope the Education Ministry would consider having courses after school hours so as not to interrupt their teaching.  

 

CONCERNED PARENT, 

Ipoh. 

(via e-mail) 

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