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Best teacher US$1m prize: No S’porean in finals

In Uncategorized on 22/03/2015 at 4:54 am

M’sian and Cambodian among the 10 finalists that cied vied for the US$1m  prize.

Guess that’s the reason why our media didn’t report it. But why didn’t the anti-PAP cybernuts report this huge failing of our world class education system? Err maybe they rely on our MSM for their news of world affairs?

The award has been created by the Varkey Foundation, the charitable arm of the GEMS education group, as a high-profile way of demonstrating the importance of teaching.

The attention-grabbing top prize is meant to show that teaching should be recognised as much as other high-paying careers, such as finance or sport …

Among those supporting the project have been Bill Gates, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-31861022

The 10 finalists were:

Nancie Atwell, US

Guy Etienne, Haiti

Jacqueline Jumbe-Kahura, Kenya

Neang Phalla, Cambodia

Stephen Ritz, US

Azizullah Royesh, Afghanistan

Kiran Bir Sethi, India

Madenjit Singh, Malaysia

Richard Spencer, UK

Naomi Volain, US

  1. Global teacher award criteria are not aimed at selecting best educational system or teacher – it is about selecting good teachers that contribute the most to community and bring status to the teaching profession. Singapore teachers are not into this at all as MOE only started to encourage their teaching skills among clusters some years back. In fact this sharing aim is to uplift the status of the profession and does not necessary reflect they are better effective teachers in classrooms. Also, great education system does not mean necessary it will have to have nobel prize winning teachers.

    The 3rd world teachers are within the top 10 because they do community work and not because they are fantastic teachers

    • Thanks for the additional background. Hope you realise that you’ve proven that our teachers are as KPI orientated as other S’poreans LOL.

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