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

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

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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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: ERAS Conference 2003. No indication of copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2010 10:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: school law; education law; liability; student safety; public liability
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions

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