Posted by: bigtalksingapore | March 8, 2011

Education system should ‘lift the tide for all S’poreans’

  1. Yesterday, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen laid out his ministry’s response to the growing challenge of ensuring social mobility for a new generation of Singaporeans.
  2. As Madam Halimah Yacob (Jurong GRC) noted that social mobility through education has been the greatest leveller in Singapore, and as Mrs Josephine Teo (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) added that “no one will be so naive to think that students from higher income families will have no advantage”, Dr Ng acknowledged how the poor will need extra help.
  3. The authorities can also ensure that pupils have access to good schools, wherever they live, and to enrichment programmes in every school. MOE also spreads out good teachers across the system, and not only to the top schools, said Dr Ng.
  4. We must dispel the notion that only rich parents can provide the right environment for their children to succeed,” he said as he cited the example of how two of the 2010 A-Level top scorers, twins Daren and Derek Khu from Hwa Chong Institution, came from a humble background.

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My comments are as followed…

  • First of all, I think Singapore education is one of the most competitive in the world and we should continue to improve it. Of cos, being more competitive mean more stressful.
  • Most of us will agreed that children from rich families has a better starting point compare to a poor kid.
    The real question should be this “Does kids from rich families getting better starting point than poor kids ?”
    Or put it another way, are rich kids getting an increasing advantages over poor kids ?
    Perhaps somebody can come up with some sort of monitoring index (like the Gini Coefficient) to monitor the situation in Singapore.

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