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When MoE makes a gal’s dream come true

In Uncategorized on 21/08/2019 at 2:16 pm

PM’s talk of spending more on education reminded me that a govt scholarship can help a kid’s dream come true if there’s no Bank of Mum and Dad for the kids to draw on.

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“The rich are different from you and me,” Scott Fitzgerald is supposed to have said; and Hemingway is supposed to have responded: “Yes, they have more money.”

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A gal I know flew off last Thursday to the US to study in a supposedly leading university (I remember my Indonesian clients joking in the 1980s that it was a rich kids uni because so long as you had the money to pay the fees, you got in. The gal was not amused because I told her the story before she knew she was getting the scholarship: she worried that MoE might not think the uni atas enough because the u isn’t in the Ivy League or anywhere close.). She went on an MoE scholarship and will be studying music composition: her passion.

When anyone mumbled the six yr bond she had to serve, I told them that it’s worth the bond. She gets to do something that is not available here and her mum would not have been able to afford the fees to any good US university. (Plan B 2.1 was to to go study in UK or Europe next yr and, I suppose part fund, her way by work by part-time there.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The original Plan B was to go to NUS Yale: “affordable” said her mum. But that would have meant not studying music composition.)

I would go on: better still, a degree in music composition is worthless. Don’t believe me? In 2017, cybercriminals hacked into Equifax’s data base and stole 145.5m U.S. consumers’ personal data, including their full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver licences. . Turned out its head of cybersecurity had little qualifications in cybersecurity. She had a masters in music composition from the University of Georgia. The gal was not amused when I told her the story.

So if MoE is happy to fund her doing a worthless degree and then paying her to teach, a six yr bond is a good deal for her.

The only downsides for her is that she could turn into this kind of person: Headmaster that blur meh? and she’ll be a nut case when she retires. Many yrs ago, a retired school principal told me that principals who retire often go nuts ( He was seeing a govt nut doctor) because they find that they miss terribly the ability to order staff and kids around: yes I know I assume she’ll be a principal, but she’s a scholar ain’t she? And while a sweet gal, she is bossy and pushy.

Whatever, the benefits for her, doesn’t say much for prudent spending of tax-payers money though: funding a worthless degree course.

Btw, remember the MoE scholar was caught in the UK with child porno on his PC?

But let’s be fair: MoE did admit that a scholarship was given to a peeping-tom because the boy’s teachers got some things wrong. He was recently convicted in England for possession of child pornography. But what if the balls-up had been made by officers higher up the food chain? I mean teachers are the lowest of the low in the education food chain, or so I’ve been assured by teachers.

Why we don’t buy the “explanations” of S’pore Inc

To avoid another such fiasco, scholarship applicants had to undergo several rounds of interviews and a battery of psychological tests. And had to teach in a neighbourhood school for some time. They must have been an eye opener for the gal because while the family is not that well-off, she’s third generation in an elite girls school that was once considered a training ground for tai-tais. Gals went on from this school to ACS to find husbands. This gal went to RI because it was two bus stops from her home.

 

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