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Nationalise private tuition in S’pore to make education system truly great

Nationalise private tuition in S’pore to make education system truly great

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Private tuition is what allows students to reach full academic potential.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who recognise what works and what doesn’t, have come out to urge the government to take over the private tuition industry.

This after they said the billion-dollar tuition industry is what makes education in Singapore truly great and deserves to be nationalised to take over their best practices of helping students score good grades.

Currently, the public education system is focused too much on making students not hit their full academic potential as they are urged to be balanced and nurture other life skills.

One Singaporean, Pu Xi, said: “The public education system in Singapore is okay on its own at best. Most Singaporeans who have gone through it made it despite the public education system.”

“Because what really works is the private tuition industry, where the best help is rendered.”

“When the government makes private tuition a public good, it would be accessible to all, for all, without discrimination, which is truly fair and great.”

Other locals said making tutors become public servants would allow them to serve their true calling as educators.

Another local, Xi Shen, said: “Private tutors have been making scholars out of students and must be recognised as well as or even more than public school teachers.”

“By becoming on par with public school teachers, they can now carry out their tasks knowing they are doing it for other people’s benefit and not their own private gains.”

“That would be very noble indeed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans disown NUS as it failed to clinch 1st place world uni rankings

S’poreans disown NUS as it failed to clinch 1st place world uni rankings

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12th position? Why not you just close down?

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in the power of education, have disowned NUS — Singapore’s supposedly only premier university — after it failed to clinch top position for the umpteenth time.

This after NUS was ranked 12th in the annual World University Rankings this year.

It was ranked 22nd last year.

One disappointed junior college student, Hen Yong Kong, said: “I didn’t spend so much money on tuition to end up studying in a university ranked 12th in the world.”

His sentiments were shared by others who are motivated to be only the best of the best.

Another Singapore, Kua Tak Kiu, said: “How would Manchester United feel if it finished the league at 12th position?”

However, not all is doom and gloom.

Hen Seow Zhang, an ex-NUS student said: “At least NUS beat NTU. NTU is languishing at 13th position. They might as well just close down.”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans agree filmmaker Royston Tan is perfect product of S’pore system

S’poreans agree filmmaker Royston Tan is perfect product of S’pore system

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Because education minister Heng Swee Keat said so.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to watch movies, including those naughty ones on the Internet, are nodding their heads in agreement.

They are agreeing with education minister Heng Swee Keat who said that filmmaker Royston Tan is a fine specimen of Singapore’s “broad” education system.

The minister revealed it was the nurturing school principal who taught Royston, the budding filmmaker, how to edit films, which started him down this path.

One Singaporean, Kee Kua Hee said: “Ya, using the exception as the norm to prove a point is the norm in Singapore.”

Other Singaporeans were also quick to add that Singapore as a country is just as nurturing as the school principal, as the authorities were quick to step in to edit Royston Tan’s films before they were released.

Another local, Teo Sen Ser said: “In Singapore, you should pursue whatever you like, as long as the government approves.”

“And we will praise you if you win accolades outside of Singapore and become too big to ignore. Then we co-opt you.”

ST misleads with statistics, propaganda

ST misleads with statistics, propaganda

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The Straits Times thought it could fudge the numbers. But fails.

Here is The Straits Times feel-good headline on Nov. 13, 2012 front page: 4 in 10 at top primary schools live in HDB flats.

Wow! More good news from The Straits Times.

Sounds really good, doesn’t it?

The message? Even if you stay in a HDB dwelling, you can make it to the top schools.

Well, everyone ought to know that this is propaganda.

Because if you know the base rate, this headline — in reality — reflects poorly on those staying in HDB flats.

So what is the base rate: Very roughly, about 80 percent of the population reside in HDB flats. Only about 20 percent reside in private residences.

Therefore, if 4 in 10 at top primary schools live in HDB flats, that means 6 in 10 at top primary schools live in private residences.

It goes to show that more kids at top schools come from a smaller pool of the total population.

The question then is: Why didn’t ST present the statistics as such? Is this really hard to represent graphically?

In the same article, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat is quoted based on his written reply in parliament that this 4 in 10 figure “broadly reflects the mix of residential housing in the vicinity of these (top) schools”.

Can you see what’s so wrong about this? Well, even if you can’t it’s ok. We can just go straight to the conclusion.

Conclusion: There is a class divide that even the education system cannot heal. The end.

You should know that this is the real headline and story that ST avoided reporting on.

MOE to relaunch Virginity Protection Programme for teachers

MOE to relaunch Virginity Protection Programme for teachers

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Programme is making a comeback to ensure more teachers remain undefiled, responsible and morally upright.

Abstinence and mainstream values key to remaining sexually inexperienced.

The Ministry of Education is relaunching its controversial Virginity Protection Programme for single teachers fresh out of university to turn as many of them as possible into unmarried virgins.

According to a valuable inside source, the official standing order announced internally in the ministry this morning is that bachelors and spinsters who have never experienced penetration make better teachers who have mainstream values and are held up to be mascots of abstinence.

This conclusion was arrived at after a 30-minute round-table discussion and coincided with the news that an ex-MOE scholar who was found with kiddie porn while studying in Britain two years ago while on scholarship has been charged with porking an underage girl in Singapore after he came back.

Wanting to be known as Miss Tan, the insider source who cannot speak officially yet but who is too excited to remain silent about this new development, said: “The Virginity Protection Programme will end all problems caused by morally loose individuals who are single but yet are sexually experienced. It served our education system well before, and it will do so from now on with this comeback.”

Started in 1965 shortly after Singapore gained independence, the Virginity Protection Programme was a semi-secretive attempt at social engineering by the State.

Although never officially acknowledged till today, the experiment involved randomly selecting hundreds of single teachers every year from schools all over the island and imparting them with survival skills to protect their virginity.

The various skills at maintaining chastity include: Wear a perm, don only floral prints, teach Chinese, pull a long face and refuse to put down the cane even after office hours.

The initial plan was to make these skills available to all male and female teachers.

However, due to a hiccup, the process to pick subjects for the programme in 1965 suffered from non-random selection as statistics then was associated with withcraft.

As a result, almost all teachers who were eventually chosen to participate in the programme were exclusively Miss Tans.

This explains why all students who studied in Singapore have encountered at least one unsmiling teacher named Miss Tan, who displayed the symptoms mentioned above and was old having devoted her entire life to the teaching service.

But as the sexually inactive participants suffered high levels of irritation, a disposition to frown, feeling unloved and uptight and displaying a propensity to cane things furiously, the programme was officially discontinued in 1985.

That was also the same year HIV was invented, and a year after General Election 1984 where the PAP failed to capture all seats in parliament for the first time since 1963.

Even though supporters of the programme since then have been working silently over the years plotting for the Virginity Protection Programme’s return, the two decades of implementation from 1965 to 1985 has been credited ever since in internal circles in hush-hush tones for producing the high math and science scores every year during Singapore’s formative years.

And if this comeback causes the past symptoms of participants to continue to re-emerge and persist, MOE is considering handing out chastity belts as the next line of action.