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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。”

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.