Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Teacher's Day And Singapore Education


Award to Teacher’s
September 1,  Singapore Teachers' Day,  an official school holiday with celebration a day earlier.

Neither Singapore nor Malaysia appreciate their teachers on the actual World Teacher’s Day which is celebrated across the world (?) on September 5. Since the importance of teachers has been recognized by UNESCO, World Teacher’s Day has been celebrated annually.

Malaysia celebrate their teachers on May 16th.
This date was chosen because on the same day in 1956, the Federal Legislative Council of the Federation of Malaya endorsed the Razak Report, who was Education Minister at the time, one of four reports of the Education Committee regarding education in Malaysia.
Although Teachers Day is not an official school holiday, celebrations are usually held on May 16, or earlier.

To my knowledge, only India celebrates its teachers on the World's Teacher's Day.
The date coincides with the birthday of the second President of India, academic philosopher  Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
It is considered a "celebration" day, where teachers and students report to school but classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance.
At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students to show appreciation for their teachers.

Happy Teacher's Day to all teachers, and everybody out there.
Yes, everybody!
In one way or another or in our own unique ways, we are teachers too, to our family and friends, relatives and neighbours, and society at large.
Teachers are celebrated for their special contribution in a particular field area or the community in general.

Although  education system in Singapore  is ranked fourth in the world by  Newsweek  after Finland, South Korea and Canada, in the recent  National Day Rally 2010,  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong still emphasised the importance of education to give our young the best chance in life, instill the right values and sense of national identity as well as prepare them to compete in a globalised world.
Singapore has given its students a strong foundation and makes them effectively bilingual. Nevertheless the Government will do more to help each child with different interests, academic inclinations and aptitudes to achieve his or her potential: Nurturing all-rounded students in the primary level, widening and enhancing the range of options and pathways offered by secondary schools, enhancing the polytechnic route and the creation of University Town, the like of Cambridge and Oxford.

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Get It Right!
This year's  Speak Good English Movement campaign wants Singaporeans to try and use English correctly when they speak English.
It encourages Singaporeans to broaden the environment where  Standard English  is spoken and heard in Singapore.
The campaign hopes to expose Singaporeans who are weak in the language to good English and to be immersed in it, teaching them to learn by example.
Not just for Singaporeans who are trying to improve their English, those who are proficient in English are encouraged to join in as well to collectively and consciously raise the standard of the English language in Singapore.
Hence, the new tagline, 'Get It Right!'
The movement is providing an Activist Toolkit which includes sticky notes, stickers and notebooks to encourage users to correct English errors they see in their daily lives.
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Vivian Balakrishnan will launch The Speak Good English Movement on Sept 7. - The Straits Times.

7 comments:

mymentalhealth.blog said...

me too trying to polish my english with blogging :)...a lot of hard work to do...

Ummie said...

It will eventually pay off - widens your horizon too.

Rosfida Abu Sufi said...

Happy Teacher's Day to you too.!

Ummie said...

Rosfida,
If only all teachers' days are filled with happiness, then all knowledge imparted will be the blessed.

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