Don't blame teachers for child's poor performance

I refer to Mr Eric J. Brooks' letter (Stopping abusive behaviour at parent-teacher meetings; May 26).

The recent parent-teacher meeting I attended was after my child had not done well in her mid-year examinations. In fact, she had actually fared worse than we expected.

Yet, with her form teacher, we were able to look at positive ways to help her in her final sprint towards her O levels in less than five months.

As parents, we know our child very well. She is fun-loving, with little motivation to study.

We have been meeting her teachers biannually over the past four years. But at no point have we blamed the teachers for our child's poor academic performance.

In fact, the teachers have been most willing to extend their help through consultation sessions.

After the parent-teacher meeting, I received a call from the teacher of my daughter's weakest subject. I could tell he knows my daughter well and the progress she has made.

We agreed on encouraging my daughter to do well in this subject.

I hope teachers will be encouraged to continue their good work in their students' lives.

This is also to remind demanding parents to look at themselves before pointing fingers at teachers.

Cathie Chew (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'Don't blame teachers for child's poor performance'. Print Edition | Subscribe