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  1. Children still suffer indignity, pain of the cane

    Posted Jun 12th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch Says a 17-year-old boy cited in the United Nations 'World Report on Violence against Children': 'I have seen the harsh behaviour of teachers in schools ... from the 1950s, think again. For many children, being beaten, caned and forced to endure severe physical punishments, often for transgressions as minor as failing to do their homework, remains ...

  2. Warning on phone danger to children

    Posted Apr 05th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch, Will Clem

    ... Lai Ying-kit, Will Clem and Liz Gooch Evidence mounts on risk of mobiles Health officials have warned that children should avoid using mobile phones unnecessarily after an Australian study ... possible and children should only use mobiles in emergencies. 'There is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours. The link ...

  3. New approach urged in teaching Outback children

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch Themes-based learning recommended A new approach to education that teaches knowledge based on themes rather than strict disciplines could help indigenous children ... Symposium in Alice Springs, the Northern Territory, that teaching children through themes may be more effective than using traditional disciplines such as English, maths and science. Indigenous ...

  4. Recession should spur spending on preschooling, says Unicef expert

    Posted Apr 18th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch in Kuala Lumpur Governments should invest more in early childhood programmes during the global financial crisis, a senior adviser for the UN Children's Fund said this week. 'In times of severe economic crisis, investing in children's development should become the first priority,' said Nurper Ulkuer, head of Unicef's early childhood development ...

  5. Boy's death shines light on canings in Malaysia

    Posted Apr 04th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch in Kuala Lumpur Children's rights advocates are calling for greater education for teachers about the effects of corporal punishment after a nine-year-old Malaysian boy died ... was shocked by the news that the boy had reportedly been caned for not doing his homework. 'At the same time I'm aware that caning, even on primary school children, is practised in some ...

  6. Parents 'short changed' by cuts in school times

    Posted Oct 07th 2006, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... 7.55am to 3.10pm. Parent Mary Mason, whose children are in Years Eight and Ten, said: 'They're losing three hours and 40 minutes a week as far as schooling is concerned. It's supposed to be self-education time but the teachers don't set the children any work at all.' She added that the hours posed a problem for parents if they could not supervise ...

  7. Laptop plans sparks concern from parents

    Posted Oct 07th 2006, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch They say young children are not responsible enough to look after such expensive equipment and will be targets for theft Plans for two English Schools Foundation schools to have students bring their own laptops to classes have sparked concerns among parents over whether children should be responsible of carrying such expensive machines every day. Renaissance College plans ...

  8. Zimbabwe teachers surviving on charity

    Posted Feb 07th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... them an allowance in a foreign currency to enable them to continue attending school. 'This is a desperate measure by some parents out of the desire for their children to learn.' he ... The appeal comes after the Save the Children charity warned that many of the country's 4.5 million school-age children would not be able to start the new school term as teachers were being ...

  9. Blackboard jungle

    Posted Apr 04th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... of a package of initiatives introduced two years ago to help the city state attract and retain teachers. With measures ranging from giving teachers with young children the option of working part-time ... 2006, teachers with children under the age of 12 have been allowed to apply for part-time work, a measure which was last year extended to cover heads of departments, subject heads and senior ...

  10. Skewed gender ratio leaves mainland men out in the cold

    Posted Jun 16th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... allowing everyone to have two children would improve the sex ratio. She said those who could now have more than one child included only-children who married other only-children, the parents ... people who broke them. 'I think China's had a lot of courage in a way to have the policy but still most human beings would like to have the chance to have two children,' she said. ...




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