For three and a half years, I have been trapped in the hell hole that is Admiralty Secondary School. I am finally being released, and I am now an official student of St. Francis Methodist School.
As I am no longer at the mercy of Admiralty Secondary, I can now air my honest opinion about the school.
Although I have had some good memories at the school, and several good things have happened to me in the school, such as meeting good friends, the negatives of Admiralty Secondary outnumber the positives by a great deal.
Majority of the teachers of this school are not reliable – some are unable to control a class of 40, while those who are able to are good disciplinarians, but horrible teachers. There are many reasons why they are horrible teachers – they might not teach well, or they do not prepare lessons ahead of time…
A good example of a good disciplinarian but a horrible teacher is the mathematics *teacher of 4E4 (not gonna give you the year). He fails to prepare lessons ahead of time and misses lessons with us, sometimes because he is late for class or sometimes even because he has forgotten that he has lesson with us altogether. Ironically, he heavily punishes the students who are even a minute late for his lesson by making them stay back late, do extra work, or even run rounds.
He never returns us our marked tests or homework, claiming that he was ‘busy’. How can we learn from our mistakes if he does not return us our work? What has he done to our papers – eaten them?
The two worst things about this teacher?
(1) He ignores his students. Many times, I have had this teacher blatantly ignore me, even though I am right behind him, calling his name. When I asked him, right in the face, why he was ignoring me, he had the nerve to grin and claim that he had a hearing problem. It is impossible for him to be able to hear students mumuring amongst themselves at the back of class, but not hear me.
(2) He skips what he doesn’t know. When he reaches a question in the textbook that he cannot solve, he will skip the question or move on to the next question, saying that we will not be tested for such questions during our ‘O’ Levels.
Of course, there are some good teachers in Admiralty Secondary: Mrs Ho, who willingly teaches students after school; Mrs Sam, who comes to school early, stays back late and even comes to school on Saturdays to teach her students; Mr. Tay, who genuinely cares about his students; Ms Guaring, who stays back late to train her debate team…
The discipline in Admiralty Secondary is terrible, and those living around Woodlands, Marsiling and Admiralty know that. Of course, every school will have its smokers, fighters and thugs, but at least those schools do something about it. Admiralty Secondary does very little about things like these, including theft and assault within the school.
I was victimized in Secondary 2 (read about it here). The school did nothing other than worsen the bullying, even though they told my mother the girls who bullied me would be punished.
A friend of mine who stays near the school once witnessed a boy from my school beating up a little boy. When he called the school, the school only had one thing to say – “call police”. This friend of mine has also had students from Admiralty Secondary throw stones into his kitchen, one of which almost hit his baby brother.
All in all, Admiralty Secondary is a horrible school (it is so horrible that even its initials spell ASS).
Goodbye, Admiralty Secondary, and thank you for adding misery to my life in the past three and a half years.
*To that teacher: if you are reading this, I am already doing you a great favour for not writing down your full name here. Note that I tried to show you respect in 2011, but you never reciprocated. Therefore, you do not deserve my respect.
EDIT (09/03/17): The school contacted me, inviting me to their 15th Anniversary Dinner to see how much they’ve changed. Upon rejection, I was requested to remove this post and its comments, or restrict them to certain audiences only. They told me that the comments were unfair to the teacher that so many people (from the description of his poor performance alone) named. They did bring a good point about considering the feeling of others, so I will be removing comments that specifically – to quote them – “shame” the teacher.