THE furore over the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) from both the National Union of the Teaching Profession and teachers is cause for concern. I would say the Education Ministry is sincere in its effort to address the issue of English teachers’ competency level. However, there are too many flaws or shortcomings in this noble effort. First, why MUET? Why not APTIS (an English test administered by British Council) which was used to a degree of success some years back to weed out teachers who did not have the desired competency. There were issues no doubt on how it was administered and attempts to manipulate the results by some officers at the district and state education departments, but on the whole it was a comprehensive three- hour international English test covering the four vital components of English language learning. MUET, on the other hand, is a locally-constructed test. Although, this may not be a problem, the marking of the paper and how the speaking and … [Read more...] about An insult to test competent English teachers
Insult to injury
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., May 6, 2019 By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it’s allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen’s Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand. Forget about governing by disruption, Ford’s gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to “upload” Toronto’s subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto. Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury … [Read more...] about Booze, speed and dangerous cuts — is this what Ontarians want?
BERLIN: Bayer Leverkusen boosted their chances of a top-four finish in the Bundesliga and a place in next season's Champions League after scoring six first-half goals for a breathtaking 6-1 home win over direct rivals Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.The result left Frankfurt fourth on 54 points with two games to play, ahead of fifth-placed Leverkusen on goal difference. Sixth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach and Wolfsburg in seventh are a further two points adrift.Frankfurt, looking bereft of energy after Thursday's 1-1 home draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, were totally overrun in the opening period and lucky not to concede more than six in an astonishing first half.Leverkusen's Lucas Alario struck twice and Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt and Charles Aranguiz also netted before Martin Hinteregger's own goal completed the scoring after 36 minutes, with Ante Rebic having pulled one back for Frankfurt.Havertz opened the floodgates with a sweet left-foot shot … [Read more...] about Leverkusen thrash Frankfurt 6-1 to keep top-four hopes alive
To change my state with kings The rise of two Monarchs in the East may sound like the substance of a Nostradamus quatrain. Never mind that they originate from two distinctly different races and cultures. In the case of both Emperor Naruhito of Japan and King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, long and historical traditions were shattered easily. This lends itself to images of any variety of apocalyptic conspiracy which are often foreshadowed by similar watershed occurrences. But the stories are ultra compelling. Unlike their predecessors with the accidental fortune of living in the shadows, the Emperor and the King grew up with an empowered media that served a voracious public appetite for information. Billions have become acquainted with the romantic stories of their non-conformity and occasional defiance. We learn also about managing the immense pressures of their station, the weight of the responsibilities inherited and the delicate legacies they … [Read more...] about To change my state with kings
Sport Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar was involved in an altercation with a spectator following Saturday's French Cup final with Stade Rennes, appearing in video footage to strike the fan following his team's defeat. 29 Apr 2019 01:01AM Bookmark REUTERS: Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar was involved in an altercation with a spectator following Saturday's French Cup final with Stade Rennes, appearing in video footage to strike the fan following his team's defeat.Stade Rennes stunned PSG 6-5 on penalties after rallying from two goals down to draw 2-2 in a match where Neymar got on the score sheet.As the PSG squad walked up to receive their runners-up medals, Neymar initially pushed a supporter's hand away as he tried to record him on his mobile phone.The visibly frustrated Brazilian, who had returned last week from a three-month injury layoff, then appeared in the video to jab at the spectator before walking away to collect his medal.Neymar posted a message on … [Read more...] about Neymar appears to strike fan after PSG lose French Cup final