05 Jun '18, 8am

‘Raffles’ & ‘elitism’ debate in S’pore is more than 130 years old https://t.co/SwmUUD1Gs1

Raffles Institution has been in the news a lot as of late. Advertisement Especially since it has naturally become the face of the income inequality debate in Singapore. But this debate at its core has more or less remained the same for over a hundred years. In fact, the issue of RI as a bastion of elitism first surfaced in the late 1880s. Issue of elitism predates Singapore’s independence In 1884, the Queen’s Scholarship — the predecessor to the current President’s Scholarship — was first introduced under the name of the Higher Scholarships in Singapore. RI held the first examination of the Higher Scholarships that year and a special class with the sole purpose of moulding suitable candidates for it was created within the school in 1885 . Advertisement Given that this was the first opportunity for local children to study abroad and that few locals at that time could afford...

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