As a parent's point of view, I think the teacher could be:
1) not properly trained
2) over stressed
Some Rainbow teachers could be over stressed due to the child ratio. Based on PPMH, the Teacher : Student ratio is 2:10. According to RCYPS, this is the approved ratio and also the best way to get more govt funding.
There is no way a teacher can conduct proper lesson if 2 or more of that class has students who are dependant on teacher. I spent almost 6 disappointing years in RCYPS. Every year, I have feedback to Principal, Senior teacher and teacher in RCYPS that it is unfair for teacher to play babysitter role or YPS acting as half day care centre. When one of the student (I am referring to those above 5 years old) need to visit the toilet but parents/caregiver unavailabe, teacher has to drop her other students so that she can bring that child to change. Normal lesson could be placed on a halt because the other teacher can't handle so many kids.
Some students attend the half day school with their parents or maids. Some came without any caregiver... from the day I knew them.
I raised this issue of class teacher unable to focus on the students fairly ... give equal time and opportunity to learn. Every year, I get the same answer, there's nothing school can do if some parents prefer to leave their child in class although student needed assistance to change diaper, eat, swimming, etc. Last year parents' meeting, school suggested I should tell the other parents to spend more time in class, think of others .... what a joke! The school is suppose to give my girl or whoever came to school with caregiver, a fair chance to learn but failed again and again. YPS suggested I face the music of inconsiderate parents. Makes sense? YPS should set some rules and tell parents, school is a place for learning not a half day care centre (these parents only paid about $60/month).
MINDS is able to ensure all the students attend school without caregivers so why can't YPS? YPS unwilling to allocate a class for those who came with caregivers and offer them better learning opportunities. The intention is for each student to get almost same amount of teacher's attention. RCYPS has failed to give my girl equal opportunity, be it in classroom or to receive weekly/bi-monthly therapy such as occupational or speech . I was told few years ago, YPS faced shortage of therapists and the teachers have been trained to observe and carry out the recommendations of therapists, if any. I must admit this year, the class teacher is better (she kept me updated about my girl - more attentive) but I know the RC teachers are struggling to be good teacher and babysitter cum therapist. Sometimes, I really pity the teachers - performing 2 to 3 roles.
I dont't want to post such things online but with above abuse, I think it is time I voice out and hopefully MOE, Minister or Principal sees this and do something effective. I really like to know how special needs school disburse the govt fund. Why my girl can't get other therapy? Why YPS claims unable to offer my girl 'half day care centre' yet could provide others with such a cheap long term option? Why certain students get special treatment? What kind of criteria my girl must fulfil ... the school didn't want to elaborate.
Why I can't have a daycare centre cum school so that I dont't need to employ maid?
You might be wondering why I dont't send my girl to other special needs school. There are not many govt funded special needs school that cater to multiple disabilities.
I wish I could but there's no school bus to & fro school to home eg AWWA. If I enrol my girl to AWWA which has a student care centre, I have to charter a taxi. It is the Methodology of school and MOE. How much they want to help special needs family, as an onlooker, can you see our plight and understand how helpless we are in Spore?
Just like the recent case of a single mum who pushed her son off the window .... did our govt tried to help us by offering better solutions to solve our problems?
Will we be given higher medical subsidies? No.
I have to say something unpleasant, our children have no hope, not this country's pillars so govt is not obliged to look at us.
If more funds are pumped in, this country felt not worth it. It rather throw money for Olympic, welcome more foreigners to work in Spore, Casino, etc. If too much funds or attention is being given to the special needs, we are likely the 'bad eggs' to pull down the country's growth. Thus, resulted in our ministers getting lesser bonus and salary. Spore's growth/GDP determines our ministers' fat bonus and salary. We are not worth the risks. 2 to 5% citizens sacrifice and many people benefit, why not? So many years as special needs mum, I've learnt the true meaning of life with a special needs child in Spore. You're alone! PAP only keen to do lip service. The real benefit is unreachable. PAP like to send out benefit or info that Sounded so good and generous but the actual fact is, I can see but cannot swallow because I am not entitled to it!