Plight of students stressed by studies
I AM a SJK(C) Year 6 pupil.
I read the letter “Allow children to learn at their own pace” (The Star, April 29) and immediately agreed with the writer.
I believe all students are overly subjected to stress and we do not have any time at all to even take a short break and relax. If we continue to go on like this, our stress level might even damage our health, mood, relationship and quality of life.
In my opinion, we as growing children should take good care of ourselves and reduce the harmful effects of stress.
What causes stress to us? It is all because of our long study hours. I calculated the hours I study daily and you know what? The total time we spend studying a day is 12 hours on average! The time we spend studying drains all our energy and makes us way too tired to even wake up to go to school the next day. When humans are tired, they cannot do well. This is because the human brain cannot think of anything. This causes stress.
What is our biggest fear as students? SCHOOL! If we do not finish our homework, teacher will cane us. If we do not bring our books, teacher will ask us to stand outside the classroom under the sun. If we do not memorise our dictation, teacher will punish us until we memorise it. If we come to school late, teacher will deduct our moral score.
I sincerely hope all relevant authorities will look into this, especially the Education Ministry, principals, teachers, etc. I thank everyone for their kind cooperation. Maelin Ambiana Kilpatrick Subang Jaya The STAR uesday, 3 May 2016
Children must be seen and heard as well
I FULLY agree with Thomas Foo that children should be allowed to learn at their own pace “Allow children to learn at their own pace” (The Star, April 29).
Children these days are expected to excel in every field they are involved in. You may be surprised that some parents are called up by the teachers if there is a slight drop in their children’s academic performance.
Some teachers would also complain if the students are slow to copy and finish their homework.
Parents will push their children to make them do things faster. As a result, the students will try their best to finish their homework as fast as possible to escape punishment.
In the process, they may not care about the quality of their work anymore. They may not be bothered to search for the meaning of words they do not know. It is a sad reality but true.
If you scrutinise the behaviour of the children now, you will see that they are impatient, easily annoyed and frustrated.
When children are pushed to do things at a fast pace, they may become frustrated and give up easily. They are being forced to learn new things before they can grasp the basics of knowledge. I think this is the reason why many parents are sending their children to international schools or opting for home schooling. But we must bear in mind that not many parents can afford to do this.
Some teachers are also annoyed when students ask too many questions or tend to be “talkative”. With the Primary School Standard Curriculum (KSSR) format, I thought that children are encouraged to voice their opinions and ideas.
Our Education Ministry is trying to steer the system to a more modern and interactive method. However, I think our teachers are not ready for this yet as many are still very comfortable with the old teaching methods where the children are expected to be seen and not heard!
I hope something will be done before we bring up a generation of frustrated and unhappy children. Christine Lim The STAR Home Opinion Letters Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Allow children to learn at their own pace
THE recent report of a tutor caning an eight-year-old girl for not finishing her homework, “Family shocked by extent of caning” (The Star, April 22) and the subsequent reports clearly show there is a need to change our expectations of education for our children.
There is pressure to achieve high marks in examinations now, and this has put educators and students under immense pressure, often resulting in depression which will have adverse effects on their lives.
In the 60s, parents were happy if their children did not have any red marks in their report cards.
There was time to relax and many teachers took part in games with their students. We played football and other games and went camping with our teachers.
Today, parents want their children to score as many A’s as possible. Now children are so busy attending school and tuition every day they hardly have time left to do other things.
The original purpose of tuition was to enable students to make up for their weak subjects so that they could pass their examinations.
However, many parents now send their children to tuition with the aim of getting them to achieve A’s in their exams.
There are many people who have only basic education but are successful in their lives. Therefore, I hope people will change their mindset on education and let their children learn at their own pace.
Let our children enjoy learning. Thomas Foo Subang Jaya The STAR Home Opinion Letters Friday, 29 April 2016
Family shocked by extent of caning
JOHOR BARU: A tuition teacher allegedly caned an eight-year-old girl for not finishing her homework.
The girl’s stepfather said the Year Two pupil had welts on her hands and legs when she came home from the centre in Malacca at about 7.15pm on April 12.
He said the girl was sent there at around 2pm.
“I was shocked to find the marks and called the centre.
“The teacher said my stepdaughter is slow in learning and did not complete her homework. That’s why they beat her.
“Although they had told us they were using that method to teach the children, I did not think they would beat her to that extent,” he said.
Cruel and unusual: The girl showing the welts on her legs.
He was speaking at a press conference by Pasir Gudang MCA Public Complaints Bureau deputy chairman Lim Thow Siang here yesterday.
When contacted, the girl’s grandfather, 63, who lodged a police report at the Tengkera station in Malacca on April 13, said that he and his wife have been looking after her since she was a baby, at their home in Malacca.
“My daughter works in Singapore and lives in Johor Baru with the girl’s stepfather where he runs a business,” he explained.
He alleged that this was not the first time the girl has been caned at the tuition centre, “but usually they only beat her on the hands”.
The girl has been taken for a checkup at the Malacca Hospital, he added.
Malacca CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Ramli Din said he has instructed his officers to arrest the teacher.
“We are investigating the incident based on the report lodged by the grandfather,” he said