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Serious It's Official! Teacher Teaches Little Sinkies That If You Are A Hawker, You Are Not Well Off! Losers Still Want To Quit PMET Jobs To Be Hawkers?

JohnTan

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SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - A teacher's answer to a Primary 6 English comprehension question that assumed someone who is a hawker is "not well off" has sparked accusations of social stereotyping.

In the passage, about a young boy who wanted to surprise his mother by buying her a birthday cake, a pupil was asked to answer true or false to a statement and justify her answer.

The statement was, "The author came from a well-to-do family".

The pupil answered false, justifying it by saying: "Author wanted to buy a cake but only could afford a slice of cake."

The teacher marked her answer as incorrect and allegedly gave the answer as "False; The author's mother worked in a kopitiam."

The question appears to be worth one mark and is said to be part of the school's continual assessment (CA) test.

The post, put up on Sunday by Ms Rainbow Lim, 24, a tuition teacher, was shared almost 4,000 times on Facebook.

In her post, Ms Lim said that her student, whose parents were hawkers, was frustrated and baffled by the school's response. She quoted her student: "My dad works at a hawker centre and we are not poor... so I didn't think that would be the answer."

Netizens who saw the post expressed outrage that a school would encourage such assumptions about social class, with many also claiming that they, too, had grown up in families of hawkers and "were not poor".

Many also said that it was "scary" to think that schools and the Ministry of Education (MOE) could permit such an attitude be taught in school.

The text in question was an extract of local writer O Thiam Chin's short story, Grasshoppers. He told The New Paper yesterday that he was surprised to see the way his work had been used and interpreted.

"This extract is only a small part of the story, and to read and study it out of context is really doing it huge injustice," he said.

"It is really limiting and demeaning if all the reader can draw from a mention of the character's line of work or working environment is that he or she is poor, which only reflects the reader's narrow, subjective perception and also meagre life experience."

Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser, a sociologist, told TNP: "Stereotypes are, by definition, simplistic and biased, with no objective basis. So it is unfair to perpetuate them."

A young hawker, who declined to be named, said hawkers can actually be well off and added that if she had been the student, she might start to feel that her parent's occupation was something to be embarrassed and ashamed of.

Local food and hawker expert K.F. Seetoh said: "Wait till they (the teacher and school) meet inspiring and determined hawkers who rake in over $100,000 a month. "

He added that in the light of the Unesco nomination for hawker culture that Singapore is trying to push for, such an attitude could hurt the bid.

Mr Seetoh said: "If Unesco gets a load of this, the application may look like a farce."

MOE said it was unable to comment on the incident because it could not verify the source of the paper. However, TNP understands that the ministry advises teachers to be sensitive to issues such as race, religion and socio-economic class in setting papers.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singap...med-by-netizens-for-implying-hawkers-are-poor
 

laksaboy

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LOL, what kind of imbeciles are creating the curriculum and educating the kids today? :roflmao:

Never had such nonsense when I was in school. :rolleyes:

Not my problem, I'm not having children. :cool:
 

nightsafari

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"It is really limiting and demeaning if all the reader can draw from a mention of the character's line of work or working environment is that he or she is poor, which only reflects the reader's narrow, subjective perception and also meagre life experience."
I am with O Thiam Chin.

MOE said it was unable to comment on the incident because it could not verify the source of the paper. However, TNP understands that the ministry advises teachers to be sensitive to issues such as race, religion and socio-economic class in setting papers.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singap...med-by-netizens-for-implying-hawkers-are-poor
how convenient.
 

sweetiepie

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KNN this is a case of cut&paste accusation KNN the question already stated based on the story KNN means the story teller was the one that think work in hawker is poor and not the marker KNN
 

red amoeba

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The chicken rice seller at the hawker centre drives a merc 400. But work daily 18 hours to feed the car. So reech or not reech ?
 
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That's the problem with human beings. Always think about all these useless shit.

In general, its a fact that most hawkers are not exactly pulling in the big bucks. Sure, we have the towkays who drive their Mercs to fry the kway teow or even just delegate to minions. But that's not exactly the norm.

The biggest differentiation is white collar has a career path of progression.
 

Robert Half

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Hawkers has monthly rental, water & electricity, stall assistant salary and daily fresh supplies to pay for.

Poor people can afford all these :rolleyes:

To become your own boss or paymaster is still much better than a lowly finance manager playing office politics to keep his/her :poop: jobs :biggrin:
 

JohnTan

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The chicken rice seller at the hawker centre drives a merc 400. But work daily 18 hours to feed the car. So reech or not reech ?
If a hawker can drive a merz, then his rent is clearly too low.

What's the point of us parents spending so much money on tuition, enrichment and enrolling our kids into the top schools, if poorly educated hawkers can earn big bucks selling food? It is completely immoral!

Hawkers must be made to earn a low wage in exchange for long hours of work. This is the social system we agreed when we send our top students to the best schools and the worst students to the neighbourhood schools.
 

no_faith

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If a hawker can drive a merz, then his rent is clearly too low.

What's the point of us parents spending so much money on tuition, enrichment and enrolling our kids into the top schools, if poorly educated hawkers can earn big bucks selling food? It is completely immoral!

Hawkers must be made to earn a low wage in exchange for long hours of work. This is the social system we agreed when we send our top students to the best schools and the worst students to the neighbourhood schools.
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What? Lets say a hawker couple send their kids to school and further studies overseas etc.
Wish that their kids can earn money gain knowledge in a comfort easier shorter way in future rather than working long hours everyday, sweating in hot environment in the hard way.
Even a hawker also need skill to cook. You think you can just open a stall and random cook can earn money?
:biggrin:
 

laksaboy

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It all depends on the location, the skills of the hawker, and the existing competition.

There are also many hawkers swatting flies at lunchtime while the stall next door is having a super long queue. Think how they must have felt. :laugh:
 
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