Singapore school principals and the law: emerging trends from the international scene

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Teh, Mui-Kim and Stott, Kenneth. 2003. "Singapore school principals and the law: emerging trends from the international scene." Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference 2003: Research In and On the Classroom. Singapore 19 - 21 Nov 2003 Singapore.
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Singapore school principals and the law: emerging trends from the international scene

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsTeh, Mui-Kim (Author) and Stott, Kenneth (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference 2003: Research In and On the Classroom
Number of Pages4
Year2003
Place of PublicationSingapore
Conference/EventEducational Research Association of Singapore Conference 2003: Research In and On the Classroom
Event Details
Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference 2003: Research In and On the Classroom
Event Date
19 to end of 21 Nov 2003
Event Location
Singapore
Abstract

It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that Singapore teachers and principals could face the risk of being named as defendants in the judicial process. While educators have till now enjoyed the protection of a society that is not as litigious as other jurisdictions, the signs are that things are changing. Developments on the international scene suggest that serious issues are creeping onto the agenda. For example, there is a proliferation of negligence cases in Australia concerning students' physical safety. Yet, it was only a short time ago that Australia was like Singapore, with very little litigation and matters being settled before they reached the courts. In this paper, the authors identify some of the legal responsibility issues we are likely to face in Singapore, and suggest that principals and teachers need to develop legal literacy in order to manage the risks in modern day teaching and school leadership. As principals have found in other countries, hoping central authorities will offer total protection is no longer realistic.

Keywordsschool law; education law; liability; student safety; public liability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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ERAS Conference 2003. No indication of copyright restrictions.

Byline AffiliationsNational Institute of Education, Singapore
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