Education: England learning from S’pore

In Political governance on 26/09/2012 at 1:15 pm

Aimdst all the angst (a foreign publication’s take) about our educational system (tuition, PSLE exams etc), pause and reflect please especially netizens.

In England, reforms are underway so that

— Slower learners will try to pass the new exam a year or two later than their peers (like our 5 yr  O levels and 3 yr A levels, while

— “using the best performers in international tables as a guide (expect things to look a lot more Singaporean in the next few years)”.

And the Philippines is looking to S’pore for inspiration utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed&WSJASIA_article_outbrain=&obref=obinsite

What say you haters of all things PAP: KennethJ, GMS, Dr Chee and groupies, TOC*, xmen and various bloggers? Bang yr balls in frustration. Stop living in an echo-chamber.

The policies of the governing PAP are not all bad. And S’poreans know this.

*I exclude TRE because it is very clear that its mission is to counterbalance the constructive, nation-building local media. Juz like them, it makes no pretensions of being objective.

  1. Let me add to your list of Singapore accomplishments in education:

    – Singapore mathematics
    – Good at exam taking (i.e. high number of A’s students)

    Now let’s count the negatives:

    – low number of university graduates
    – big class size
    – “10-year series” education
    – private tuitions required
    – low public education spending per student
    – high stress environment

    So go ahead and be proud of your accomplishments. But many of the negatives above are not usually found in most 1st world countries.

  2. Of course not all PAP policies are bad. Most have been pretty good, both in conception and execution.

    PAP is very capable. So, all the more, why not play fair? It is like a football team that is clearly superior to the other side, but they still indulge in all kinds of dirty fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee does nothing to stop it. And the newspaper doesn’t mention it in the match report.

    That’s all I ask for from the PAP. Play fair. Win the debate out in the open. As you point out Cynical Investor, the ‘debate’ now largely consists of PAP camp talking to themselves, and anti-PAP camp talking to themselves. And that we can blame the PAP for.

  3. Yes, that must be why we get so many bright children of wealthy City of London Bankers and Lawyers lining up to fly to Singapore to get into ACS or RI. And of course, there are no Singaporeans who bother to go to the UK to study as their education system is inferior to ours. In fact, their education system is so inferior that no expat schools can survive in Singapore as our schools are so good that the expats are all lining up to pay exorbitant fees to attend ACS, RI, SJI etc

    • I don’t think the Brits have anything to learn from us on educating elites. In fact if anything, we can learn from them (jacking up fees a lot higher). But when it comes to education for the masses,it seems that England can learn from us. Actually learn from its past, PSLEs, O-levels were things that the English dropped using but the PAP kept on here.

    • I think many Western expats in Singapore don’t put their kids in local schools more for cultural and unfamiliarity type reasons, as well as the fact that it is hard for them to get into the top local schools without affiliation. Also, let’s face it, Singapore education simply doesn’t have the history and brand recognition of the UK. Few places do.

      The Singaporean education system got me, very cost effectively, into Oxbridge, which then led to a good job. If I ever come back, I will put my kids in local schools. I have plenty of gripes about Singapore, but education is not one of them.

  4. CI

    Agreed that PAP has done well for the masses.

    However for the elites and would be elites,well not enough judging from the level of noise.

    Paul, lets look at this way, comparing the top 10% of UK and Singapore, is there much difference in academic outcomes/pursuits, unlikely. The issue, is the level of confidence and life skills which is difficult to learn unless you are away from the family.
    So for those who can afford it why not.

    The Brits who do surprisingly well, ironically, also come from the boondocks of UK.
    Not the east enders of London(with inherent class systems) ,

    Welcome to the ills of globalisation where the elites globally wish to hobnob among themselves.

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