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Ministry issues dispatch on preventing school violence

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

The Ministry of Education on Tuesday issued an official dispatch to Education and Training departments throughout the country on preventing violence among students.

Students play in the schoolyard of Luong The Vinh High School, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Mai Hai)

Accordingly, the ministry proposes that school managerial boards strengthen the teaching of ethical behavior and organize regular events to educate students about the law, moral conduct, and national cultural traditions.

Critics, however, say that the ministry’s recommendations are good on paper, but not actually feasible in the current context of the country’s education system.

School staff say it is virtually impossible to teach students about good moral conduct as current academic curriculums are extremely intense. Teachers complain that course content is so heavy, it is a race against time just to cover all material outlined in State-regulated syllabi.

Some experts say that the intense coursework may in fact be a contributing factor to school violence. Students are under great stress to learn enormous amounts of material in a short period. They may then be more likely to act out aggressively as they don’t know how else to deal with their feelings of frustration.

Many students have never learned how to practice self control and teachers, meanwhile, don’t have the time needed to address such problems.

With a focus on academic learning above all else, most schools offer little in the way of extra-curricular activities, which would give students an outlet to express themselves and communicate with other students and teachers in a meaningful way.

Thus, some say that if the education ministry wants schools to strengthen their teaching of moral conduct to students, priorities need to be shifted. 

Rather than focusing on teaching vast amounts of factual knowledge, schools may want to consider introducing more extracurricular programs so that teachers and students have the chance to learn more about each other. This would also give teachers more time to listen to the needs of their students and address their concerns to stop violence at its roots.

Source: SGGP

SKorea vows to go ahead with Afghan troop dispatch

In World on December 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

 South Korea vowed Thursday to press ahead with plans to send troops back to Afghanistan despite a Taliban threat of retaliation.

South Korea, a longtime U.S. ally, said it would send up to 350 troops next year to protect its civilian aid workers working in the province of Parwan, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The Taliban said in a statement Wednesday that the move would violate a South Korean promise in 2007 to withdraw from Afghanistan permanently in exchange for the release of 21 hostages.

Officials from South Korea’s Defense Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff denied that the government made such a promise to the Taliban. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

Twenty-three South Koreans were taken hostage in 2007 after their government had already decided to remove its troops from Afghanistan. Two of the hostages were killed by the Taliban, who demanded that the South Korean troops be withdrawn immediately.

South Korea later pulled its approximately 200 soldiers from the country, and has had no troops there since 2007.

Under a Defense Ministry plan, the new troops are to be deployed from July 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2012, in Parwan, where the main U.S. base is located. The ministry was expected to submit a request to the National Assembly later Thursday for its approval.

Opposition legislators have opposed the dispatch plan, citing unstable security conditions in Afghanistan. The ruling Grand National Party, however, has enough seats in the assembly to pass the proposal.

A statement sent late Wednesday from an e-mail address regularly used by the Taliban warned that South Korean leaders “should be prepared for the consequence of their action, which they will certainly face.”

“They had promised to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and committed never to send soldiers to the country in future,” said the statement, received by The Associated Press in Islamabad.

Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae told reporters the ministry would go ahead with the troop dispatch.

“Our troops will be operating there after formulating complete security measures and there would not be any major problem,” Won told reporters.

South Korea also dispatched troops to Iraq in 2003-2008, part of efforts to bolster its alliance with Washington.

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