FMT LETTER: From SP Nathan, via e-mail
The new education policy fails to address one pertinent issue i.e. are schools sufficiently equipped to ‘school’ students as they are supposed to do?
Why I raise this question is the mushrooming of tuition centers including home tuition right across the country. If the schools are doing all that they should be doing then why the need for tuition.
Originally tuitions were meant for weak students to “catch up” with their studies. However, a casual survey will indicate this is not so. Almost everyone, especially in the urban areas attend tuition.
Schools can be said to be doing what they are suppose to do only if they do not need ‘assistance’ of the parallel education industry – ‘the tuition’.
Tuitions are testimony to the fact that the schools are not able to deliver what they are supposed to. Many schools claim credit for the excellent performance of their students.
While I don’t want to take away the credit due to teachers who have put in the extra effort in coaching their students; the question remains of the roles played by tuitions.
The school curriculum should be such that a student can be educated successfully without the aid of tuitions.
The existence of numerous tuition centres only indicates that something is seriously wrong with our current education system. No where in the new education blueprint is this issue addressed.
Perhaps the NKRA team should look into this.