12 Oct '17, 1am

When we take everything at face value, we will get "national education".

Dear whoever it is who cannot fathom why students struggle in Singapore, Yes, Singapore has earned a reputation of developing one of the best education systems in the world. But it comes with costs. Students are put under a lot of pressure to not fall through the academic cracks. It has led to the rise of a several hundred million dollar shadow private tuition industry that props up public education. And students have to contend with supplementary classes and co-curricular activities (CCA) as part of a holistic education. If this is the sort of system that has been set up, wouldn’t it feel like a constant treadmill just to keep up? One young student in Singapore, however, felt that if there’s anyone to blame, it’s the players and not the game. Advertisement Students are the problem A 16-year-old student’s short missive was published in The Straits Times on Oct. 11, arguing...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/10/an-open-letter-from-a-forme...

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