Where have teachers gone?
The Editor, Sir:
Here we go again, screaming over the poor grade-four reading and mathematics results, blaming everybody and everything but the teachers. Experts on the radio blame the toxic environment, the semi-literate parents, the indisciplined students, the noisy transport system oozing with immorality and lewd music, the half-dead government and the confusing and inappropriate curriculum.
How can over 30,000 ten to 12-year-old children end up not being able to pass the basic literacy and numeracy tests when they are not classified as morons? Look no further. 'The buck stops here'. It's the teachers! Teachers who teach the right way, get good results and never need to blame anybody.
Teachers need to stop pussyfooting and experimenting with the people's children. Since the system is in such a disaster at this time, teachers have to bring back the old-fashioned phonics and pronunciation, spelling and arithmetic and mental arithmetic.
This is a big emergency and teachers must teach the children to add, divide, multiply and subtract and then 'test everybody'. What a shame when teachers enter only two students from the class in order to get 100 per cent pass. What has happened to the unfortunate 'others'?
Teachers must find the others and teach them what used to be called the three Rs. Look at the energy and opportunity this country has and we cannot afford to have children under 12 years thrown out in this fashion.
Where have all the teachers gone?
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