Category Archives: Education Matters

What is happening to our Education System?

One ethos of Singapore values consistently stressed on since independence is Meritocracy. Any person regardless of class, race, religion, and gender has similar fair chance of doing well in society based on his/her performance and talent. So long as one … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters, Social Issues | 1 Comment

Ingrained Obsession with Academic Performance

Two incidents just this week caught me thinking. One happened in the lift when one group of people came in to join us in the lift. We did not know them. Their conversation centred on the boy (perhaps doing his … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters, Social Issues | Leave a comment

New PSLE Scoring System – It’s about choices to make

Instead of T Score, Achievement Levels (AL) from 1 to 8 will be the new scoring system. To start, this new grading system is easier to understand. It is closer to grading system of examination systems starting from “O” Level … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters | 3 Comments

Chasing Grades and Titles

I belong to the old school having been through an education system where student names and their respective GCE “O” Level results were published in the Straits Times for all to see (Year 1973). Having fantastic grades in national examinations … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters, Social Issues | 1 Comment

Thinking aloud

I enjoyed reading Dr Tommy Koh’s letter to his grandchildren in 2065. (appearing in The Straits Times’ Opinion page, 3 August 2015). Dr Koh projected forward to 50 years later when Singapore celebrates its 100th anniversary. Then I read about … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters, Social Issues | 3 Comments

Choosing top-ranked schools may not be clever

In the book “David & Goliath”, Malcolm Gladwell wrote about a student by name of Caroline Sacks. She had been interested in Science all along and did very well in high school. When she chose the Ivy League Brown University … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters, Life Journey | Leave a comment

Views on changes in education system in Singapore

When comes to school education matters, I have my views as most Singaporeans do. I am a parent of a daughter who had completed her university degree recently. I also taught in a polytechnic and was a school administrator before. … Continue reading

Posted in Education Matters, Social Issues | Leave a comment