Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's wrong with being a housewife?

Agree that mothers and homemakers are important and have their role, but it is not productive to compare their importance to a CEO, or for that matter other professions. Each job has its own value, so let's just recognise them for their unique roles and contribution. Eg. Can we do w/o construction workers and garbage collectors? So does that mean they are arguably more important than many office workers? 

It reminds me about the joke about body parts arguing who is more important until the a**hole decides to stop functioning....

ST Forum article:
http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/whats-wrong-being-housewife-20140924




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paying good salary more important than big sounding titles

Absolutely, you can call them nice sounding titles, Captains, Managers etc, but at the end of the day it is still the salary that matters. It is ridiculous that some sectors made their jobs sound so nice, esteemed and prestigious but then don't pay them the corresponding kind of pay, it is like a con job.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mother who pushed sickly son, 9, out a window and to his death given 10 years in jail

This is really sad, a single unemployed mother with a history of mental illness, and a special needs son with a string of medical condition. 

I wonder why her case wasn't picked up and referred to the social services arising from her previous encounters with the healthcare system and brushes with the law. If there was better coordination and collaboration among IMH, Police and social services, could this tragedy have been avoided? 

This is definitely more important and impactful compared to not picking up fishball stick along the walkway.

Straits Times Article:

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/mother-who-pushed-sickly-son-9-out-window-and-his-death-given-10-y

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Why does Sportsmanship not apply to sports fans?

I find it rather amusing and ironic that in sports there is little spirit of sportsmanship amongst fans. It is not ok to disrespect or insult another's race, religion, nationality etc, but it is perfectly fine to insult & abuse opposing team, players and fans in sports.

What are we teaching our young through such behaviours in sports?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Consider a more centralised approach to manage Pre-school educators

IT IS heartening to know that some pre-school educators are being rewarded with better pay and career progression.


Despite the importance of the work they do in caring for and nurturing young children, the pre-school sector and educators have not been accorded the professional rigour and due recognition and opportunities.
The recent initiatives and emphasis on the sector are steps in the right direction.


However, one of the problems with the plan to increase the number of pre-schools and educators is the retention of educators by the individual operators. High turnover is not uncommon, with educators moving from one pre-school operator to another for slightly better pay and benefits. As a result, operators are competing with one another for educators. Such frequent turnover of educators does not only affect the operations of the centres but also the education of young children.


A better approach to the recruitment, selection, training and career management of pre-school educators could be to adopt a more centralised model. Pre-school educators could possibly be recruited and trained centrally, and then deployed to different operators as part of their career development. Such an approach would ensure the quality of educators and also better career management and development. This could either be spearheaded by the Early Childhood Development Agency, or the anchor pre-school operators coming together to adopt such a collaborative model. In the long run, this could be a more sustainable and beneficial approach for the pre-school sector and the children.