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low marks for local preschool

Postby tankee » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:56 am

SINGAPORE: The Republic has been placed in the bottom half of an international ranking on early childhood education, coming in 29th out of 45 countries.

Conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Lien Foundation, the study looks at various aspects of the pre-school environment in each country, such as affordability and quality, to compute an overall Starting Well index.

European countries dominated the top 20 spots with Finland and Sweden leading the pack, while India was ranked last. Among the Asian countries, South Korea had the highest ranking at 10th place, followed by Hong Kong at 19th place. Singapore was the highest ranked among the South-east Asian countries.

When it comes to the specific indicators, Singapore ranked 30th in the quality of pre-school education due to factors such as a high student-teacher ratio and lower academic requirements for its pre-school teachers.....

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 20/1/.html

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby tankee » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:58 am

Hmmm .... Good excuse for preschool operators here to up the fee .... So just to have better qualified teachers and better teacher student ratio?

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby Funz » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:48 am

Problem now is even if you want to pay, there isn't enough qualified teachers to go around.

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby tankee » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:00 am

Funz wrote:Problem now is even if you want to pay, there isn't enough qualified teachers to go around.


:idea: foreign talents? :siam:


On a more serious note, when the pays goes up, more people would want to be trained as a preschool teacher.

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby Funz » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:21 am

Actually, with the economy slowing down, you will see more wanting to enter the preschool or early childhood line. That was what we saw in 2003. Than as the economy picks up again, you see many leaving this line for more lucrative ventures.

Of the past few cohorts of early childhood grads from the poly, I fathom less than 25% actually went on to become preschool teachers. I know of quite a few who became stewardesses or went to work in the finance industry.

Pay go up, fees will also go up.

By the way, any idea what is the salary of a fresh grad Pr sch tchr?

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby limlim » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:01 pm

Funz wrote:
By the way, any idea what is the salary of a fresh grad Pr sch tchr?


Qualifications Gross Starting Salary
Pass Degree $2,770
Pass with Merit $2,900
Honours $3,100 to $3,250

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby northernstar » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:27 pm

Funz wrote:

Of the past few cohorts of early childhood grads from the poly, I fathom less than 25% actually went on to become preschool teachers. I know of quite a few who became stewardesses or went to work in the finance industry.



wonder why the majority studied the course in the first place if teaching preschool kids is not their interest. without finance knowledge, they still can work in the industry?

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby ChiefKiasu » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:45 pm

tankee wrote:SINGAPORE: The Republic has been placed in the bottom half of an international ranking on early childhood education, coming in 29th out of 45 countries.
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:lol: We so want to be first in everything.

Before recommending an overhaul, perhaps we should keep in mind that we ourselves are the products of this so-called below average pre-school education. Are we really that badly affected?

That said, our education system is geared towards creating worker bees. We were taught to conform, to take instructions, and be good citizens. In most western countries, children are taught from young that they are special, that they are meant for great things. That is the key difference. Is it necessary that good? Here's the "You are not special speech" by David McCullough.


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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby dorisp » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:18 pm

Interesting. Thanks for sharing, Chief!

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Re: low marks for local preschool

Postby schweppes » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:39 pm

Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing, Chief :lol:

Nice to see u around :wink:

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