When it comes to the education system, parents need to ask some very blunt questions to themselves
1) What’s the real reason for education and must they spend a fortune for tuition classes
2) Do the kids benefit with all this tuition? Or is it because Singapore doesn’t have facilities for playing outdoors?
3)Why bother with tuition if there’s a cap on admissions to university? Frankly a lot of kids should go into the trades make as much money as a doctor with far less hassles. And repairmen can’t be outsourced to another country. [Err but FT labour can be imported to keep the pay of local plumbers etc down. Ask the local IT people. In the early and mid 90s, local IT professionals often with only poly diplomas earned more than grads in other lines of work because management didn’t know a server from a PC. Then came the Indian FTs by the cattle-truck load.]
4) Nowadays nobody cares what grades you have bosses want to know are you personable can you do the job can you think on your own and take the initiative can you learn can you work in a time and on your own. [But the basic qualification for getting that job, any job, keeps rising. A masters is now the entry point for many jobs. There are juz too many people with basic degrees. Even SIA cabin staff need a poly diploma to be considered for receuitment]
5) Lastly why are the kids with yhe real difficulties eiter with learning disabiliyies or family problems never helped? The focus is on yhe brains and stars who don’t need help
Frankly I find too many kids too shy and too fearful to make mistakes or get out of their comfort zone.
Update on 9 October at 5.30 pm: I came across this very good point by a TRE reader who responded to the above when TRE used the above
Tertiary educated Singaporeans cannot expect to have the same outcome in 2030 (when there will be huge supply) as compared with 1970 (when there was a tight supply). It doesn’t add up and just will not happen. So do not waste time asking for the impossible. PAP and all the opposition parties cannot deliver this.