With nobody taking responsibility for anything, the Chief Justice and his team seem to be formulating policy at a rate. The latest is the formula recommended by the courts for Grade 1-admissions.
The Courts ruled sometime back that the admission criteria are unconstitutional. Guarding the constitutions is their business. Good job, hats off. What did the ministry and the officials do with the decision? They waited for somebody to tell them what to do next and the good justices had to stop everything and decide 50% for that and 10% for that etc.
Take the fifty 50% allotment for merit and challenge. What exactly should a five year old do to demonstrate he/she has more merit than the 100 others who are considered for same slot? Is counting to 1000 enough. how much cuteness is required?
What are we doing to our children!!
We have private tuition classes for A/L, classes for O/L, classes for Grade 5 and now we may get tuition classes for Grade 1. Existing pre-schools can expand the curriculum. If the average kid can count to 10 why not get your class counting to 1000? Loading your kids with facts now can begin as early as you want. Why wait till pre-school?
Perhaps the courts should have scolded the minister and the officials and threatened to put them in jail if they donâ€™t deliver, without trying to do the job themselves.