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黄循财就林志蔚对班级规模及私人学费作用的评论发表演说

Mar 04, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

教育部长黄循财在3月3日的教育部供应辩论委员会上向议会保证,教育部将继续确保拥有一支高质量的教学队伍和健康的师生比例。

黄循财此前告诉议会,当议员们提出新加坡的班级规模与经济合作与发展组织(OECD)基准相比更大时,他希望他们“明白这不代表我们的教师数量比经济合作与发展组织的国家少”。

黄循财补充说,与其他经济合作与发展组织的国家相比,新加坡的“老师把更多的时间投入到对学生全面发展至关重要的活动,如课外活动、备课和专业发展”。

黄循财回应了盛港集选区议员林志蔚的评论,即与经济合作与发展组织国家相比,新加坡的班级人数更多,学生与教师的比例更高。

林志蔚:我们的班级规模和学生与教师比例仍然过高

林志蔚在他之前的演讲中说,尽管班级人数随着时间的推移在趋势上有所改善,但新加坡仍然是发达国家中平均班级人数最多的国家之一。

工人党议员表示,2019年新加坡中小学每个班级有33名学生。

相比之下,林志蔚注意到工业化经济体平均每班学生数量略高于20。

林志蔚说,鉴于新加坡小学阶段的学生与教师比例(15)高于丹麦(12),奥地利(11)和卢森堡(9)等国家,这一数字“很难令人满意”。

黄循财:学生与教师比例有所改善

黄循财解释说,比较教师人数和学生入学人数才更有意义。

黄循财注意到,近十年来,小学和中学的学生与教师比例已经从2010年的19和16提高到了目前的15和12。

黄循财说,

“所以问题其实是我们如何选择在整个教育体系中分配教师。作为我们基于需求的资源分配方法之一,我们现今有意将他们(教师)分配在能够最大化发挥他们影响力的地方。所以我们为初等年级或有更大需求的学生配备了更多的教师。”

黄循财还谈到了非选区议员Hazel Poa关于教师人数减少的说明,并澄清说,虽然教师人数在最近几年有轻微减少,但教育部已将其教师人数大致维持在32000左右。

黄循财指出,Poa用的是预算书中的数字,这些年来预算书有了一些定义性的变化,因此可能无法提供有意义的年度比较。黄循财建议,可以在网上的《教育统计摘要》中找到常规的信息。

黄循财说,小学低年级的班级规模设定为30人,而教育部的学习支持计划的班级规模为8至10人。

他说,小学高年级的基础课程是小班授课,大多数情况下是10到20个学生。

教师素质是学生在全球学习中表现优异的关键因素

林志蔚指出,尽管班级规模大,但私人辅导对在全球学习中表现出色的新加坡学生发挥了作用,黄循财对此表示,经济合作与发展组织和其他研究表明,教师素质是影响学生学习和表现的关键因素。

林志蔚曾说过,新加坡学生之所以能取得全世界最好的考试成绩,部分原因是新加坡人严重依赖补习教育。

林志蔚指出,新加坡人在这种额外私人学费上的花销为14亿。

最后,黄循财感谢林志蔚承认我们在校教育工作者的辛勤工作和努力,并说:“我想我们的意见是统一的。”

Malay PAP and WP MPs silent on PA saga with some refusing to comment

Jun 16, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Political leaders in positions of power have the privilege and the platform to chime in on matters concerning the community with the hope of reining in the outrage before it escalates into something worse.

Unfortunately, all the current Malay MPs from both the People’s Action Party and Workers’ Party either did not wish to comment on the PA saga or did not respond, according to TODAY.

Various Malay community leaders and former MPs gave their views on the matter when approached

Mr Zainal Sapari, former MP for Pasir Ris–Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC), said that he would not frame the recent incident as a case of racism.

“I believe PA is true in its cause of promoting racial harmony and social cohesion,” the former PA grassroots adviser said.

“Despite their best efforts, such incidents do happen and will happen again in future, but I would not frame it as racism.”

He also hopes that this incident “does not dampen the spirit of many volunteers who want to serve the community, but may make some bad judgement calls unintentionally”.

“We should just apologise, learn from it and move on,” he added.

Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said that the reactions to the incident should be one of understanding rather than taking on an accusatory tone.

“We need to continue to learn from each other — how do we appreciate each other’s cultures and differences and bring about better understanding and harmony — rather than to start pointing fingers,” the former Aljunied GRC MP said.

Mr Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, an interfaith activist and founding board member of the Centre for Interfaith Understanding, said that racism cannot just be confined to an act of an individual or a particular incident.

He said in a Facebook post on Tuesday — which he confirmed with TODAY was a response to the PA incident — that racism is a “structure, and a system of thinking and doing, that can manifest in an individual, group or social organisation through a style of thinking, speech and communication, law and policy, and physical action”.

“One has to go to the root source and identify what makes the individual think, say and act in a particular way,” he said in the post.

“Doing so would bring us to a point where we say it is not his, her, their or my problem, but it is our problem; that there is something wrong in the way we organise society.”

When asked to elaborate on his post, Mr Imran told TODAY that given the sensitivity of the issues concerning racism, we “must learn not to rush into saying that something is racist or not”.

He said that racism is experienced at the “everyday level” and one should be careful not to dismiss and invalidate the experiences of racism, especially among minorities.

“Instead, we must learn to ask ourselves what racism looks like, especially to those who are at the receiving end... Racism feels real, even if we don’t believe so.”

Mr Hazni Aris Hazam Aris, vice-chairman of AMP Singapore, a non-profit group serving the Muslim community, said that there needs to be a “paradigm shift” in how inter-racial relations are approached and understood.

“The types of conversations on race must progress beyond festivals and clothes, and move into understanding values and worldviews that shape how members of a race thinks or behaves.”