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Title: School effectiveness and nation-building in Singapore: Analysis of discourses on Madrasahs and why Madrasahs stand out from national schools?
Authors: DAYANG ISTIAISYAH BTE HUSSIN
Keywords: Nation-building, school effectiveness, discourse, religion, education, success
Issue Date: 19-Jun-2004
Source: DAYANG ISTIAISYAH BTE HUSSIN (2004-06-19). School effectiveness and nation-building in Singapore: Analysis of discourses on Madrasahs and why Madrasahs stand out from national schools?. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Arguments made on the madrasahs, as presented in The Straits Times from 1998 until Compulsory Education Act was passed in 2002, were termed as the dominant discourse. It constructed madrasahs as a??unsuccessfula?? educational institutions relative to the national schools based on the concept of school effectiveness, measured by academic performance, employment opportunity to students and teaching quality. Madrasahs did face problems in these areas. However, assumptions used by the dominant discourse could be disputed due to its criteria of success in the a??academica?? subjects and economic productivity in the interest of nation-building. It disregarded specific successes of madrasahs in the a??religiousa?? fields, dismissed the cultural and philosophical differences of madrasahs and the national schools in terms of their educational aims and social origins and glossed over the complex tripartite MUIS (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore)-madrasahsa??MOE (Ministry of Education) structural relations; rendering a??mis-representationsa?? on madrasahs as statements of truth.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/13974
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