It's easy to make a popular call for smaller class size but a politician must imagine himself implementing his own policies. For example, if Jamus is implementing his own policies, he will reduce class size while also reducing funding for popular primary schools. Think of the implications for the students and teachers in these primary schools.
It's disingenuous of Jamus to compare teacher-student ratios without comparing students' performance. The Pisa international tables suggest that small class sizes do not necessarily create high-performing education systems. In fact, Andreas Schleicher who is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD said, "Everywhere, teachers, parents and policy-makers favour small classes as the key to better and more personalised education... And yet, Pisa results show no relationship between class size and learning outcomes, neither within nor across countries."
Jamus' idea to reveal size of reserves and encourage currency speculation is playing with fire and putting livelihoods at risk.
A reader expressed alarm at WP Jamus' suggestion to reveal the size of reserves and even to encourage currency speculation.
WP Jamus Lim said that currency speculation is stabilising for the economy. Such speculative activity could be encouraged, he said.