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Primary 5 students studying for PSLE now

Primary 5 students studying for PSLE now

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Secondary 3 students studying for ‘O’ Levels now.

After PSLE results were released few days ago, Tampines Regional Library saw a surge in number of youths going there to study for next year’s finals starting this weekend.

With the release of PSLE results on Thursday, Singapore has been on an exam high the past few days.

Even with the avoidance of mentioning who scored the highest where, Singaporean parents and students alike are at fever pitch — they are hell bent on breaking all academic achievement records for next year’s finals.

At Tampines Regional Library on a Saturday morning, scores of excited 11-year-olds and 15-year-olds were seen queuing up to enter the premises.

They were there before the library’s 11 a.m. opening to choped good seats for the rest of the day.

“I am here to study for my PSLE exam next year,” said Tao Nao Pai, an 11-year-old boy, who could possibly be a girl, because he hasn’t reached puberty and his voice hasn’t broken yet.

Another 15-year-old boy, Zhen Yong Gong, said: “I will spend the next 50 weekends here to prepare for my ‘O’ Levels.”

He said he plans to emulate Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao, a high-flying scholar-corporate type, who will become future prime minister of Singapore.

Parents of students who were also seen camping out at the libraries island-wide have expressed support for their children’s ambitions.

One of the parents told New Nation: “I studied hard, found a high-paying job and now I can afford to raise two families. One here, one in Batam.”

Later, he drove off in his Mercedes Benz with another mistress in tow.

She could be from China.

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.