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16-year-old letter writer: I hate Singapore’s education system

16-year-old letter writer: I hate Singapore’s education system

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Dear New Nation editors,

I am a 16-year-old boy and I just completed my O levels. I didn’t do too well. I scored straight Bs and a few Cs. I didn’t make it to any junior colleges. I would most likely continue my studies at a polytechnic but I will be taking a course I don’t have an interest in.

Some times I really feel the only reason I’m still studying is because my parents want me to. Honestly, I hate Singapore’s education system because I don’t like people to judge me based solely on my academic results. I get angry every time I think about it.

I know what I want to do with my life. Although a lot of people don’t believe/ think it is foolish/ want me to change my thinking, I still want to do what I want. I just don’t want to grow up and end up working in an office. While waiting for my results last year, I spent one week at my aunt’s workplace doing part time admin work and I hated it.

Everyday, it feels like the adults working in the office do not want to be something more than office workers running in some routine rat race. They just show up for work, have lunch, idle a few more hours and look forward to knocking off. That’s all they do!

Spending five days with them is enough to kill me. I don’t know how I can do it next time. I really can’t.

I dread being an adult who goes to work in an office. I want to be doing things that other people don’t approve.

I want to be a writer and musician. But there is no room to grow as a writer or musician in Singapore. When I tell people what I want to be, even my teachers, they don’t think it can be done. They just keep telling me to focus on my studies! And study harder! What for?!

I really feel so hopeless.

I want to get out of this country but that is just not possible.

I hate all of this.