Friday, March 09, 2012

Dyslexia, Streaming and Inclusive Education....

Yesterday the govt launched a pilot programme costing $3.6M for 20 mainstream primary schools to identify and help students with dyslexia. This programme is targeted at primary 3 students to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of special education (SPED).[Link]. There are 177 primary schools and every year there roughly 15% to 20% of students have varying degrees of dyslexia. So what has been happening to these dyslexic students before this pilot programme for a small number of schools?

Dyslexia is learning disability it is often mistaken for lower intelligence or "slowness". A dyslexic child can be of normal or above normal intelligence - intelligence and dyslexis are uncorrelated. Today, the onus is very much on parents to find out if their child is suffering from dyslexia. A test by a psychologist costs about $500 and the cheapest one available is by DAS (Dyslexia Association of Singapore) and costs $375. Many cases of dyslexia go undetected every year and this is so especially for children from poor families whose parents don't understand the problem or cannot afford to get their children tested. In some other country more well balanced education system, there is a good chance the child overcomes the problem and start to catch up by the time he gets reaches age of 14. But this is not what happens in our education system which is a sorting system obsessive about streaming, ranking and exam scores. Schools will sort their students according to exam scores putting those with higher scores together and those with the worst scores in the same class. This is done in the name of efficiency - students with different ability has to be taught at a different pace. I'm not against this idea per se but the problem here is students are sorted at a very early age without sufficient effort to tackle the real issue. The weakest class in a school can consist of students with dyslexia, attention deficit, those with poor discipline, those with family problems and the genuine slow learners - and many do not need the pace of teaching to be slowed but their underlying problems. Very often we put these children in a vicious cycle - a child with attention deficit or dyslexia is put together with children with discipline problems and behavioral difficulties. The behavior of the other children in class will affect these children negatively.

OECD recommendations Ten Steps to Equity in Education::
Some parts of it such as directing resources to students with greatest needs run against the elitist nature of PAP govt which has been e directing excessive resources to a small number of selected elites who receive the best Ivy League education, groomed careers and placement in govt and GLCs, What the PAP has done in the last 2 decades has been to expand the inequalities in our society under the guise of meritocracy while telling the populace there is great social mobility in the system by giving using exceptions as proof. We just have to look at the outcomes to know that something has gone very wrong - the extreme social inequality and a distorted perception of reality among our leaders ....in the same parliament that debate why ministers cannot be paid less than a million otherwise their "lifestyle will be affected", we had another debate in which the same ministers argued that a family can be decently supported and can afford housing with an income of $1000 per month.

The recommendation of leading experts in OECD [Education Today 2010 : An OECD Perspective][Summary] is to limit early tracking and streaming and postpone academic selection in order to achieve an inclusive education system. Instead of focusing on streaming and sorting students, 2 areas that require more investment is pre-school education and early intervention. With the large income gap and rising poverty among Singaporeans, there is a need to do more to break the link between low socio economic background and poor academic performance. While the PAP govt avoid giving more direct aid to the poor, preferring to spend more on defence and giving scholarship to foreigners, it has claimed that it wants a more inclusive society.  They cannot let the children from poor families enter primary school without good pre-school education. insufficient aid for early intervention then stream them down to the worst classes and  still claim they are interested in building an inclusive society. We are seeing the education system stratifying, many good teachers leave the public schools to start tuition centers that only richer families can afford to send their children. Primary school teachers are pressured to move up the pace of teaching leaving those with poor preschool education behind because some parents invested heavily in pre-school and their children enter primary one knowing the entire syllabus. Our celebrated "social mobility" is starting to look like a lock down of our social classes - only 1/6 of the students from the bottom 1/3 of our socio economic class make it to the top 1/3 of the PSLE scorers[here]. You only have "half  a chace" if you're poor and the difference start to show up within the first 6 years of edication.

87 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good morning Lucky!

If the government can afford to spend S$860K on salary review why can't they spend a bit more to cover all the school.

LowTK was so upset at the streaming at P3 that is why he resigned as a teacher.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky
I applaud your persistence & dedication in high-lighting Singapore's social issues.

I am a recent convert.
From an unthinking, passive PAP voter into an active die-hard Opposition supporter.

Keep up the great work.

To other readers:
It's the vote that counts in GE 2016.
Each of you;
Please commit to converting one PAP voter into an Opposition voter in GE 2016.

Your family and children's future may depend on your action in this matter.

Anonymous said...

"We are seeing the education system stratifying, many good teachers leave the public schools to start tuition centers that only richer families can afford to send their children."
Lucky Tan

We can't blame these good teachers what, if there is better money to be made compared to teaching in schools.

Same for political leaders what, that's why we need high pay to attract good people to politics lah.

And that's why opposition cannot attract good people lah, because don't say make good money, chances of even making any money when you join opposition is almost zero. And you may even lose lots of money if you are not careful and say the wrong thing.

That's why I think Singapore opposition no hope lah, now or in future.

But I don't blame anybody lah, because it's only human to love money. This one will not change lah, I tell you.

Anonymous said...

"I am a recent convert.
From an unthinking, passive PAP voter into an active die-hard Opposition supporter."
Anon 9/3/12 08:35

Hahahaha. Before GE 2011, there are already so many netizen opposition supporters, easily more than 60% of all netizens. Anyone, unless he is real daft, who surf Net often would have observed.

But how come opposition only won 40% in GE 2011?

Anonymous said...

FYI, there are quite a number of middle class parents trying to diagnose their kids as dyslexic because of additional exams time for PSLE. They may not be problem kids, just slow because of our overwhelming school curiculum. It is merciless and the slow developers are dealt with a huge ego/confidence blow from young. I understand perfectly why some married couples do not want to have children, just like I ask myself why do my kids have to subjected to such a system.

Anonymous said...

"While the PAP govt avoid giving more direct aid to the poor, preferring to spend more on defence and giving scholarship to foreigner, it has claimed that it wants a more inclusive society."
Lucky Tan

But at least 60% feel inclusive enough to vote PAP.

Mind you, these 60% are not foreigners. Also very unlikely all of them are also rich.

Lucky Tan said...

anon 9:13,

I'm aware of that. Middle class families who can afford it. The lower middle and poor families, the high cost of testing, treatment, early intervention is quite a strain and often the child does not get sufficient help.

Even for middle income families, dyslexia takes time to overcome and by the time the kid overcome his dyslexia - he is streamed to "don't know where" in the education system. Then all the hurdles including bad company of disinterest peers to try to claw his way back.

Anonymous said...

All the problem started by MOE with the stupid IP system, whereby the MOST IMPORTANT STREAMING now happens at 11 or 12 years old Primary 6. All the kiasu parents now send their kids to all kinds of tuition and enrichment because it is easy to beat the system. At
Primary 6, one doesn't have to be very intelligent to score in PSLE. Once just need drilling and voila! get into IP school and no need to take exam anymore until A Levels and only 4 subjects. Take 6 years to only focus on 4 subjects. IP definitely will score one.

It's SAD. MOE now shifts streaming earlier and earlier.

Anonymous said...

Teachers don't even want to teach but open up tuition centers. Singapore is the ONLY country in the world where the most important exams in 11 years old. All those from poor families with children who are late developers will suffer. With this kind of education system, no wonder our top students are not creative or real geniuses. All munufactured b y tuition agencies to do well in PSLE.

Anonymous said...

Whether they are from high or low income families, I think kids with dyslexia are a small minority lah.

As long as majority of kids, regardless of their family income type, are OK, then things should be OK.

There is no such thing as a perfect system.

Depending on the situation, sometimes if it is only 60% good, it is very good already.

I remember in my undergraduate exam for a particular paper, a raw score of only 53% qualified for a distinction!

Simply because almost all in the cohort, failed in their raw score, getting 50% or below!

Anonymous said...

I wonder where MM Lee Kuan Yew will be if he is a student now since he himself was dyslexic. Hmmm...

veritas said...

Being a former teacher, I cant help but curse damn PAP whenever topics in educations are broached.

Streaming is a wicked plot to marginalize everyone other than the uesless English speaking peranakan. It target especially the vernacular speaking boys, whose verbal abilities developed later and much poorer.

We knew that in Pri sch whereby even math looks more like literature, language ability is the key to excel.

By imposing English on everyone draconianly, and with implementation of streaming on early stage, PAP ensures that they condemn lots of talent from non English background.

Many guys got dump into EM3 not because they are stupid, but because they do not have the language ability to cope with the cirriculum.

Fucking peranakan still cried foul when they learn Chinese.

All others are forced to use English, an alien language, day 1.

Goh Keng Swee, the father of streaming, you go and burn in hell. You destroy life of so many people. LKY will soon follow you.

Anonymous said...

"Streaming is a wicked plot to marginalize everyone other than the uesless English speaking peranakan."
Anon 9/3/12 10:53

But how many are peranakan? Are they the majority? If not, it is stupid to make majority suffer, right?

And if like that PRC Chinese will be even more marginalized, right?

But how come so many did so well and are even top scorers and scholars?

Veritas said...

re

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But how many are peranakan? Are they the majority? If not, it is stupid to make majority suffer, right?

And if like that PRC Chinese will be even more marginalized, right?

But how come so many did so well and are even top scorers and scholars?
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PAP is an irrational party that don care. It just want to give privellege to its own tribe.

The PRC scholars in NUS/NTU has even up to 1.5 years of English bridging course. Our poor Mohamad, Ah Beng, Sivalingam are subject to English instruction day 1.

The PRC do not suffer as PAP likes aliens more than locals.

veritas said...

With the fucking streaming policy comes the Malay problem.

While arguably every races are subjected to streaming, the Peranankan or those those shameless bananas assholes benefited most, because all subjects are taught in their mother tongue.

The dialect speaking Chinese manage to cope, abeit in great difficulty, because culturally Chinese places premium on scholarship. They only excel much later after they internalizes English, which is a foreign language.

The Malay boys especially, were hit hard. This is not because Malay is not academically incline or dull.

Malay has kampong culture for thousands of years in the most fertile soil in the whole world. So Malay culture on natural is more relax.

In a master stroke, Goh Keng Swee implements the Land Acqusition Act which kick the Malay out of the self subsistence life style into poverty.

Next fucker Goh and LKY force teaching in English medium on Malay speaking kids. These 2 asshole do not hessitate to condemn a large number of these lovely kids to "monolingual"(EM3 of the time).

Even today, Malay form disproportional number in ITE.

Our education system is wicked to the core. I support its destruction.

Ng Eng Hou said...

The government has been collecting lots of taxes in the form of GSTs, various forms of levies and charges, yet it under-spends on our education and healthcare making us struggling over these 2 important items.

I no longer believe them. What they talk and do is 2 different matter. I don't see any meritocracy, inclusiveness but only smell nepotism strongly every where. Singapore is deteriorating and its external package is misleading.

Is This What We Want? Is This What We Vote For?

Anonymous said...

Singapore's education system is moving in the wrong direction. Too much emphasis on elitist excellence and neglected on character building, interpersonal and other living skills. The new education minister is heading in the right direction. However it is a huge task undoing 50 years of elitish educational policies. Changing Singaporeans mindsets is also another problem.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I don't live in Singapore but recently I have been reading a lot about Singapore.

I am also one of the most gifted people on the planet and I can offer you a solution, or perhaps a temporary stop gap.

By the way I might also have dyslexia since I have problems spelling but I compensate it with my massive intellect :)

ANYWAY

In the US there was a poor inner city school with lots of poorly performing kids.

SO what the school did was bring in gym teachers and the kids would exercise each day for about an hour and by doing that the school became something like 7th best in the US.

This approach could be taken with the kids that you streamline into the “ I am too stupid, don't look at me” group

As long as you remember to eat properly after training as well :)


Then again smart children will benefit from training and if they as well were to be trained well then you would have some interesting kids, BUT the ones who have concentration problems and mild dyslexia would benefit massively from training.

You lose one hour of the school day but this is compensated by the increased ability to learn and remember.

Anonymous said...

Dear Opposition voters.
Remember to start teaching your children to vote Opposition.

So that they will be die hard Opposition supporters by the time they can vote.

Let us sow the seeds for the next generation.

Anonymous said...

To understand what is social class, we just need to examine who are the different social classes of peoples who are hired in the school and the different kind of treatment they receive.

In a primary school, secondary school or junior college, there is a principal, vice principal(s), head of departments, teachers, operation manager, administrative manager, a few office support staffs. These group of peoples are directly employed by MOE. Their salaries and bonus are paid by the civil service. This group of peoples are highly paid and they are analogous to the elites of our society. They represent the rich of the schools.

There is a next group of peoples who are the laboratory and workshop technicians, IT support staffs. They are hired by the schools directly. As such, they are not paid by the civil service. If they are lucky to be employed in a school headed by a principal that practise fair employment, then they can be paid decent salary and bonus. This group of peoples are treated on par with the first group of elites. Otherwise, this group of peoples are treated as second class peoples in the schools.
This group of peoples are analogous to the middle class of our society. They are the middle class of the schools.

Then there is the third group peoples who are the security guards, cleaners, maintenance staffs and maybe some of the IT support staffs as well. These group of peoples are employed by the third party contractors, outsource service providers, consultancy firms, whatever names these companies are known as. The pay of these group of peoples depend on luck. Depend on luck is because if the bosses of the companies have some conscience, the employed people are well taken care of. If they are hired by bosses who prioritise profit as number one objective, then the salary and bonus this group of peoples are squeezed. So, it is common to hear this group of peoples are hired as daily wage workers. This group of peoples are analogous to the lower class to lower-middle class of our society. They are the lower class of the schools.

The fourth group of peoples are the peoples who operate the school canteen food stalls. They sell chicken rices, fried mee, soup mee, mee siam, nasi lemak, fruits, drinks, etc. This group of peoples choose to be self-employed. How much they earn will depend on how hard they choose to work, how creative in their promotion of their products and services, and also depend to a certain extent on some luck which is beyond their control. Some food or drink stalls sell very well so they earn quite good income. Other food or drink stalls do not have good business so they have to worry how to survive for another day. This group of peoples are analogous to the entrepreneur of our society. They are the entrepreneur of the schools.


The society that we are living, the streaming of the education system the students are going through today and how the different groups of students from different streaming classes, via monolingual, extended, normal technical, normal academic, express, special, gifted, through-train, etc are already reflected in the different status and treatments of the 4 different classes of peoples who are employed in the schools.

Extending further into our society at large, the riches and elites control a large slice of our economy. They have the power and money to decide the fate of the society.

The middle and lower classes have no alternatives but to submit to the control of the riches and elites. Middle class is very hard pressed to work hard to provide a decent lifestyle for the dependency.
The lower class can barely survive, they are struggling to keep their heads above the water.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 9/3/12 23:52

So how many % are the rich and middle class of the total staff in the school?

60% ?

Anonymous said...

PAP policy on our education system has created large income gap and rising poverty among Singaporeans, so how can it be good?

Anonymous said...

PAP policy on our education system has created large income gap and rising poverty among Singaporeans, so how can it be good?
Anon 10/3/12 12:04

PAP policy good or not, it's not for you to say.

If 60% say it is good (by voting PAP), so it is good.

Or rather it may not be good but still the best available.

Anonymous said...

No fish, prawn also good.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, how do you be inclusive when the wealth gap is so wide? Helping the poor and those who failed to secure their future in a capitalist society through financial aids and subsidies is just putting plaster over a deep wound.

We have yet to apply surgical procedure where it counts the most.

Anonymous said...

We should just help those students who need help most with their learing difficulties.Don't let them fall between the gaps and should not be dependent on their family affordability.

That is the job of the education Ministry.Better yardstick that to look at how many bright students the school produce.

Anonymous said...

"...a family can be decently supported and can afford housing with an income of $1000 per month."

Tharman has just proven that MBT was not wrong after all. Not only is HDB affordable, but it is even cheaper than renting a room! And with $8 for heart op, the poor have nowhere but Singapore to live it up.

Saycheese

Anonymous said...

Their idea of inclusiveness is everyone can hops on the bus driven by them regardless of rich or poor - sounds good.

I think we rather walk and you(the elites) walk with us.

Anonymous said...

Teachers are leaving to do tuition because MOE is NOT INTERESTED in teaching.

Teaching well is NOT a key priority for most schools.

Think about it. Teacher-student ratio is persistently high at about 1 teacher to 40 students, despite MOE having the 2nd highest budget after Defence. You can imagine how those money is being spent.

Teachers, from primary to secondary schools, are so bogged down by huge classes, several co-curricular and other school projects, that teaching well takes a backseat.

If students don't go for tuition, many of them will not even pass. The New Paper and ST are being economical with the truth by just featuring kiasu students who go for tuition to secure their A1s. They are intentionally not highlighting the real reason for tuition.

I am a primary school teacher, and I can tell you that many students need the tuition to just get a decent result. There are many EM2, Normal Academic and bottom Express students taking tuition too. You think they are there because they all want to be top students???

The problem is compounded because when results improve, schools will brag about their teaching methods and behave as though none of their students take tuition. They will write rubbish white papers to boast about their education methods, while totally neglecting to mention that easily 75% of the student cohort has tuition.

The problem of tuition will persist as long as MOE feels that teachers who devote the bulk of their working hours to teaching are only 'meeting minimum expectations'.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon 11/3/12 00:13,

Please do not act like some whistle blower. Most parents are blissfully unaware of the situation in schools. As such, they usually write and ask the wrong questions in the newspapers or online forums. Why rock the boat?

Aishah Quek wrote the right letter back in 2010. Her letter answers all the key complaints of parents and the reason why so many kids need extra help after school.It also started an unexpected 'MOE Spring' amongst frustrated and demoralized teachers. But after all is said and done, I think Aishah Quek's husband teacher is now paying the price. So, kindly STFU!

Anonymous said...

"Teachers are leaving to do tuition because MOE is NOT INTERESTED in teaching."
Anon 11/3/12 00:13

Not really lah. You think teachers will do tuition if there is less money to be made compared to teaching?????

Same thing for doctors and medical specialists what. Good ones left govt hospitals to start their own practice mainly foe much better money.

It's all about money lah. That's why you also need good money to attract people to become MPs and politicians. And PAP recognised that, although paying politicians and ministers well is not popular with voters/taxpayers.

That's why not enough good people want to be in opposition because cannot make money.

But very unfortunately, paying good money for ruling politicians/ ministers also not necessarily will attract the best people. This is another big problem and it can happen.

But overall, and luckily for PAP, everything ends OK as majority (60%) are OK with it by voting PAP.

Anonymous said...

So opposition must know how to win elections to make money (MP allowance) lah. And win big to form the govt and make more money (minister pay)!

Only then can opposition attract people.

But it is a chicken and egg problem because in Singapore with a diehard 60%, chances are it is very difficult for opposition to win, let alone win big, in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Money, money, money, that's the mother of all issues!

Solve the money problem and every issue will be solved!

It can be serious and it can also be a laughing matter. HAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Tuition is fast becoming a strong alternative for teachers who get tired of the current education system.

Tuition pays a lot better because it allows teachers to have much more flexibility with their time. There is also far less office politics, less non-teaching duties. Most teachers prefer to be assessed based on their ability to teach well, help students improve, rather than on putting up a wayang to impress superiors.

Most teachers in the education system are not happy. Too many are working close to 8-12 hours a day seven days a week, with no sense of real security. How do you expect such teachers to teach well?

Anonymous said...

Don't teach, preach instead. Easy money when you can get people to kiss your feet in the name of God.

Best part? It is legal to "uneducate" the educated or make fools out of them. lol

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS

According to mainstream media reported on 11 march 2012,
former Chief Guards Officer cum
21st Division
Commander Colonel Nelson Yau
had suddenly resigned from service on 5 March 2012.

Though the Ministry of Defence has not officially announced Col Yau as the chairman of the NDP Executive Committee (Exco), past practice
has been for the head of the formation organising the event to chair the Exco.
Sources say that Col Yau had been actively involved in preparing for NDP 2012 over the past year.

He had just took over the Chief Guards Officer cum
21st Division Commander
on 18 March 2011.
That means he was in his latest current posts for less than 1 year.

If he had continue to stay on in his posts and perform well, he maybe the future Chief of Army.

Normally, a regular soldier needs to give at least 3 months notice if he wants to resign from service.


What is the implication of all these?

As we all know by now, Hougang MP seat is empty. There is a high possibility that this person maybe the PAP candidate for Hougang by-election. It is very likely the Hougang by-election maybe be held somewhere from March to July 2012.

Anonymous said...

Dear Parents
If you want our education system to improve, please vote Opposition.

We need more Opposition MPs in Parliament to ask the questions that the Pro Alien Party MPs do not seem to want to ask.

Anonymous said...

We need to get anointed men into parliament. God will speak through them and SIN will truly become a paradise.

Anonymous said...

I will vote opposition if lots of people like Lucky Tan become opposition candidates.

It means opposition got chance to be govt liao.

Anonymous said...

Aiya, I can tell you part of where some of the MOE's school budget goes into.

In my aunt's school, a certain well-known primary school, they keep buying high end equipment to replace their "old equipment" year after year. And they also keep throwing away a lot of things.

- high-end electronics equipments like photocopier machine(the type that prints a few thousand pages per min), wide screen LCD TV, etc.

- lots of stationery like 20 over boxes worth of pens, mountains of brand new printing paper, etc.

- almost brand new computer chairs/tables

I give them 1 to 2 years and they will probably change to Plasma or OLED.

And many of those teachers are always complaining about how "life is not fair" 'cos their workload is "heavy", even if they don't have to suffer as much as those from lesser-known schools. Can't imagine how some of those neighbourhood schools struggle to cope with insufficient facilities.

Some of the teachers are very arrogant and always think they're better than everyone just because some of their family members or relatives work for LKY, Temasek Holdings, etc.

And then, you've the poorer schools who can't even afford brand new tables and chairs. And the school principal has to fight really hard, just to get certain changes approved.

What a fucked up world.

peanut said...

We have to change from an elitist and self-reliance system to a welfare state system - so the herd will not be too worried about financial security and hence will more likely to do what they like (teaching, politician, DJs, entrepreneurs) than to talk dollar sense all the time.

This way all sectors will retain best talent in their field.

Anonymous said...

There is obviously a person or persons here from the teaching profession with an axe to grind.

Anonymous said...

inclusiveness ? My axx.

They have already started streaming at secondary one into technical, academic & express. In practice, they have already labelled them and young impressionable minds have already taken in the bad pychological dosage.

On paper, this is done & that is done & everything good is done for the students.

In practice, just look @ the teachers being allocated to the different streams.

BTW, the word inclusiveness is beginning to be used more and frequently. Must be some PR SOP or some magic word for them.

Anonymous said...

Good education in good school, my ass lah.

Did you see how bad some of the teachers are? Some have been teaching for over 30 years and they can't get their grammar or alphabet or counting fundamentals right.

MOE should be sacking them but they aren't doing anything.

And why are schools filled with politics and young teachers who think they're so smart once they've sucked up to the HOD and principal? Everytime there's something new going on, surely some of those young ones are behind it. They teach nothing well and they're always crowing "I'm a graduate, you know". Damn annoying when they don't even have good judgement and simply let students run around the class and disrupt others, and can't even mark their worksheets properly. Tell me lah, when does "proper marking" mean "marking a correct answer as wrong" and "approving of answers like 1 + 1 = 13"?

Then there's all the in-fighting between the different races and teachers and school admins playing discrimination because one is from the wrong skin colour or doesn't have "enough" qualifications. There're too many good teachers who left because of the politics when they got tossed aside for not sucking up to someone and the school admins or other teachers purposely didn't inform them of something important.

The teachers are forced to push up the standards? I don't agree. I know there're many who don't properly teach at all, that's why the parents are forced to send their children for tuition.

Anonymous said...

I always thought students did well because of tuition, and not so much because their school teachers are good.

There have been enough consistent anaedoctal evidences from my teacher friends from various schools to conclude that the bulk of the quality learning is done by private tutors, kinda in the ratio of tutor 70% and school teacher 30%.

There is just simply too much distractions in school for the teacher to focus on teaching. Office politics is the number 1 reason. And teachers are fighting each other because their work appraisal system encourages them to view each other as a threat, rather than as a team.

My teacher friend told me that one year when another department did poorly, her own department were secretly happy because it meant others will be given a poorer ranking grade for the year.

It's an extremely selfish and self-centred way of doing education.

Anonymous said...

"There is just simply too much distractions in school for the teacher to focus on teaching. Office politics is the number 1 reason. And teachers are fighting each other because their work appraisal system encourages them to view each other as a threat, rather than as a team."
Anon 12/3/12 00:08

Was this even an election issue in GE 2011?

But even if it is, it is just one of the many issues of "peasant" Singaporeans. And most likely they form the majority of all Singaporeans. The ones you see squeezed like sardines in MRT, together with lower class foreign talents.

BUt 60% are OK with it. And this is what really matters.

Anonymous said...

50% Singaporeans do not pay income tax because they don't earn enough.

But 60% voted PAP.

Meaning roughly at least 10% "money not enough" voters voted PAP every election. Am I right to say that?

And if so, that's very good. For PAP, that is.

Anonymous said...

The Gifted Education Program favors the Mandarin speaking students. A student who does not take Higher Chinese will be precluded from the GEP. There are many students including peranakans or dialect speaking boys and girls who are otherwise good in Science and Maths and other subjects are marginalized because of the Chinese Mother tongue requirement. These students are forced to go to the much less prestigious Express Stream despite their excellence in the other compulsory subjects. Why are you particularly prejudiced against the peranakans? Just because they are not very good in a language does not mean they lack academic ability. So it is the GEP that is the problem. You are barking up the wrong tree.

veritas said...

Re
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The Gifted Education Program favors the Mandarin speaking students.
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The whole education system favors English speaking banana and peranakan.

I speak dialect for 6 years since my birth and was dump into classroom where I got kicked by my teachers just because I cannot understanding a single word of English they spoken.

I keep failing and failing, while those banana there act like genius.

I was nearly dump into "mono-lingual" (aka EM3 of that day).

Anonymous said...

"What the PAP has done in the last 2 decades has been to expand the inequalities in our society under the guise of meritocracy while telling the populace there is great social mobility in the system by giving using exceptions as proof. "

I was thinking about this for some time and I was surprise today that you too observe the same. How often do we see exceptions being sold as the rule when we read of poor children or a Malay or any minority race highlighted in the Straits Times?

Singapore's brand of elitism and confucianism coupled with a dose of militarism puts many Singaporeans at a disadvantage. There is no equal opportunity in Singapore.

More resources are devoted to the GEP programme in MOE where class sizes are kept to 20. Schools in the neighbourhood run as high as 40 to 43 pupils in a class.

Here in Tokyo, dyslexic and mildly handicapped pupils are given separate classes with their own curriculum. There is no streaming from primary to secondary 3.

Everyone eats together in the class and there is no discrimination of intellect.

Compare this to the trial and errors of streaming pupils at primary schools in Singapore. You had monolingual, extended, to EM1, EM3 and the what not.

One of the fundamental outcomes of going through the Singapore's MOE system is that most will graduate with some sort of inferiority complex.

With that inferiority complex deep in the minds of many Singaporeans who were manufactured by MOE's model of education, elitism continues to thrive as many Singaporeans believe that the government has all the perfect knowledge to run the island.

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

@veritas

You sound like a bitter,

frustrated, fcuked up old maid.

Anonymous said...

@veritas

You sound like a bitter,

frustrated, fcuked up old maid.

Anonymous said...

I observe the same as Veritas pointed out. There are way too many Malays in ITE.

I would like to add that there are way too many Malays in the Normal Technical and Normal Academic streams in the secondary schools.

Why is this so?

Is Strait Times gonna print another exception to proof meritocracy?

Perhaps, it's more leetocracy than anything else?

If you look into NUS and NTU, there are more Indians than Malays given that Singaporean Indians form 9% of the population.

Why is this so?

Anonymous said...

"Please do not act like some whistle blower. Most parents are blissfully unaware of the situation in schools. As such, they usually write and ask the wrong questions in the newspapers or online forums. Why rock the boat?

Aishah Quek wrote the right letter back in 2010. Her letter answers all the key complaints of parents and the reason why so many kids need extra help after school.It also started an unexpected 'MOE Spring' amongst frustrated and demoralized teachers. But after all is said and done, I think Aishah Quek's husband teacher is now paying the price. So, kindly STFU!

11/3/12 00:38"

So, what happened to Aishah Quek's husband? What price is he paying for? Pray tell! It is precisely fuckers like you anony 00:38 that Singapore is going down. Things are bad and you still encourage others to shut up?! Why don't you shut up first?!

Sorry Mr. Tan. I just have no patience nor tolerance for assholes who uses implicit fear and pressure to shut people's up. We already have enough of that in this country for the past 46 years. Why tolerate another 46 years of implicit fear?

Anonymous said...

"I observe the same as Veritas pointed out. There are way too many Malays in ITE."
Anon 12/3/12 11:10

ITE has much better buildings and facilities than most Junior colleges, and comparable to, if not better than universities!

Have you seen ITE College East Campus exterior and interior?

You will be shocked and awed.

Temasek Revealed said...

Hi Lucky

Excellent article. Perhaps it is time we relook at Meritocracy, for that very value is somewhat twisted in PAP's context. When Meritocracy means the amount of wealth your family have, the poor eventually become condemned to a cycle of rat race when lesser resources are allocated to them in the name of Meritocracy.

Some PAP die-hards may feel we are faulting the rich for their abiity sparing more resources, when we are in fact faulting the MOE for not providing the bare minimum education standards for a child to learn without tuition aid.

As an ex-tuition teacher for 5 years, my ex-students used to feedback to me the school teachers are not even able to teach without remedial lessons to supplement the syllabus. Students without tutors quickly lost interests in their studies as the teacher is clearing topics based on their teaching schedule, instead of at the pace students should be learning.

Anonymous said...

"Excellent article. Perhaps it is time we relook at Meritocracy, for that very value is somewhat twisted in PAP's context."
Temasek Revealed 12/3/12 12:49

But even if it's twisted, PAP won the elections and formed the govt what, as decided by 60%.

So how to "untwist"??

veritas said...

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@veritas

You sound like a bitter,

frustrated, fcuked up old maid.
////

You are right, I am damn piss against the perankan and banana racist that discriminates Singaporeans.

So many Malay boys goes into EM3, NT, and ITE? Do they have conscience?

I am Chinese, and I am extremely ashame of what peranankan did. The racist peranankan banana hide themselves under Chinese surname giving me shame.

And to our Malay brothers, remember, Chinese are not racist, those peranakan and bananas are.

Anonymous said...

@veritas
It seems to me you would prefer to identify yourself with the PRCs. After all, there are none more Chinese than they. If being a pure Chinese is your heart's desire why not migrate to China and see if you will be treated with reverence and respect like what Singaporeans, including peranakans are doing here. One thing is for sure, the PRCs have never hidden their disdain towards Chinese Singaporeans. They even ridicule the way our Sinkies speak chinese duh, and say we are uncultured. We have good samples of their attitude and behaviour towards us in recent times as expressed by bloggers here, have you forgotten? Peranakans contribute to our economy as much as other minority races since colonial times. It seems that in this blog, you are the only individual who keeps harping and calling the peranakans derogatory names which shows your ignorance how much more racist you are. So far, I have not heard a single word from any peranakan saying something racist or derogatory against you or anyone else. I suggest you stop your despicable and cowardly bashing of innocent people. There may be a few who are like what you say admittedly. But this is also true of other communities. If you have issues against some peranakans or anyone for that matter, you should have the courage and decency to confront them personally to settle things instead of hiding behind a nik and bashing them like a coward. Persistently ridiculing others without any basis is a shameless and despicable act not befitting a former teacher. How can you stoop to such a level? Come off it, can?

veritas said...

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@veritas
It seems to me you would prefer to identify yourself with the PRCs.
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I am 100% Singaporeans who served 2.5 years in our army.

Over the years, I have seen so many friends, like Ali, Sivalingam, and Ah Beng, going to Primary schools not understanding a single word in the lessons--all conducted in English.

Many eventually ends up em3 nt ite, while those bananas laugh all the way getting many As because everything conducted in their mother tongue.

Did any banana and peranankan who are the ones who hold the power levels say a single word of justice for those downtrodden.

In fact, it is the peranakan banana Goh Keng Swee who desire all these to happen in order that those English-ed family get golden gild from education and excel in our phoney meritocratic system.

Goh can slowly edge in English medium instrution so that others can adated. But that dead idiot throw in English draconianly in P1, to confuse every non-English speaking students. Next he conduct streaming in P3 to dump poor vernacular speak to hell.

Today, I am proud to speak up for all down trodden brothers, especially the Malay boys who you see large numbers in ITE.

Another joker on the blog, obviously a uesless banana cried baby shamlessly say "The Gifted Education Program favors the Mandarin speaking students. ".....

Anonymous said...

This whole MOE & our education system reads like an extremely dysfunctional family & Ministry.

On par with the LTA/Transport Companies, or perhaps worse.

What a mess..PAP. You have nothing to claim other than economy.

Your productivity, creativity, local talents, social inclusivity, enterprises...ZILCH.

That's the results of your 46 year of governing model.

Anonymous said...

@veritas
Your are the one who said the whole education system favours the peranakans. Well, I quoted one instance where people who are not good in mandarin are marginalized, to nail your lies. I did not say I was personally involved, did I? I referred to the GEP policy. When did I cry papa cry mama, cry baby like you have been doing on and on and on, huh?

By the way, how on earth did you become a teacher when you claimed that you were discriminated against? Evidently, they could not have been very strict when they appointed you a teacher, in view of the standard of English you exhibited here.

If you are really championing the cause of 'down trodden' students, don't just hide behind your computer and write pretending to empathise with them. Do something concrete like approaching the education minister and try to get him to change the education system or such. What's the use of just giving empathetic lip service (NATO) you are just making them feel agitated and angry but get no solutions. You are giving them false hopes.You are misleading them, you a...hole. Damned hypocrite!

Anonymous said...

Finland's only real rivals are the Asian education powerhouses South Korea and Singapore, whose drill-heavy teaching methods often recall those of the old Soviet-bloc Olympic-medal programs

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2062465,00.html#ixzz1otIYo4OQ

“We try to catch the weak students. It’s deep in our thinking.”

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Why-Are-Finlands-Schools-Successful.html#ixzz1otJ83fWA

The [Finnish] curricula are very much focused on critical thinking and problem solving, project-based learning, and learning to learn," she said. "There is a lot of collaboration in the classroom."

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/january/finnish-schools-reform-012012.html

Look around singaporean parents..

More money? More tuition? More mental illness?

Anonymous said...

Comparing the Cost of Singapore's subsidized schools versus Singapore's International Schools
--------------------------------

The schools fees for SJI International School for Sec 1 to Sec 4 is $19,998/year.

Classroom size: about 20 plus students per class.

Assume the smaller class size means your kid does not need tuition at home.

VERSUS

Our Singapore "subsidized" schools. About $160/year.
PLUS
$1,000/month in tuition
= $12,000/year

Do the above cost comparisons make sense?

http://www.sji-international.com.sg/page.cfm?p=594

Anonymous said...

Meritocracy is just an old wine in a new bottle.

I am reminded of this link (see below) every time I hear the word Meritocracy.

Take a look. Even the logo on the right looks familiar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Union_of_Fascists

Anonymous said...

@veritas
Let me give you a piece of friendly advice. Cease your rhetoric about peranakans.
By repeatedly making statements that the peranakans are the only people who benefit from our education policies and that they marginalize people of other races, that they are useless, etc. you are in effect inciting hatred and enmity between communities or races. In case you are not aware, what you have been saying amounts to a serious offence under the Sedition Act. Please be more circumspect of your utterances even if online.

Anonymous said...

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The Gifted Education Program favors the Mandarin speaking students.
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GEP selection is based on English and Maths @P3 and allows the bananas the DSA route into IP schools!

Veritas said...

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rhetoric about peranakans.
By repeatedly making statements that the peranakans are the only people who benefit from our education policies and that they marginalize people of other races, that they are useless, etc. you are in effect inciting hatred and enmity between communities or races.
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Even blind man can see our education give unfair advantage to bananas.

I wont back off.

Don believe you change the medium of instruction to a neutral langauge like Turkish or Arabic, over the night, those banana result will fall off the cliff.

Banana are the one who give racial hatred.

Besides, what is our national language?

Its Malay and why the hell are well conducting lessons in English.

Its 1000% unconstitutional.

Anonymous said...

In other news, teenager Laura Tan and friends are helping 12 international students at RI to learn English ... RI?!!

Is this proof that non-english speakers are not disadvantaged?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Laura Lee not Tan ... pretty selfless Singaporean huh?

Anyway, those weak at Chinese cam always see a specialist to get an exemption.

Very inclusive, no?

Anonymous said...

"One thing is for sure, the PRCs have never hidden their disdain towards Chinese Singaporeans. They even ridicule the way our Sinkies speak chinese duh, and say we are uncultured."

I have never hidden my disdain towards PRC Chinese, even though I am a Singaporean Chinese.

They are boorish and uncultured (spit on the ground, cut queue, shout on the phone on the bus and trains, littering, dumping of toxic waste into their own rivers), utterly dishonest and corrupt (most of the S-chips on SGX are riddled with accounting problems, corruption) and are willing to sell out their own mothers to make a buck (mass production of toxic fake milk, pumping of poultry with steriods).

Not so sure what makes the PRC so cultured. I have been to China, Korea and Japan. Comparing China to Korea, Japan and Singapore, it is very clear that all three countries take far better care of their own environment, cleanliness, social etiquette than China. It seems that after 180 years, China has learnt absolutely nothing from its Opium Wars. Its head is still too big, it is still corrupt, and China today is still ruled under a dictatorship that is in no way answerable to the people. They just simply traded pigtails, eunuch's and emperor's clothes for Maoist suits or suits and ties!

Anonymous said...

"One thing is for sure, the PRCs have never hidden their disdain towards Chinese Singaporeans. They even ridicule the way our Sinkies speak chinese duh, and say we are uncultured."

I have never hidden my disdain towards PRC Chinese, even though I am a Singaporean Chinese.

They are boorish and uncultured (spit on the ground, cut queue, shout on the phone on the bus and trains, littering, dumping of toxic waste into their own rivers), utterly dishonest and corrupt (most of the S-chips on SGX are riddled with accounting problems, corruption) and are willing to sell out their own mothers to make a buck (mass production of toxic fake milk, pumping of poultry with steriods).

Not so sure what makes the PRC so cultured. I have been to China, Korea and Japan. Comparing China to Korea, Japan and Singapore, it is very clear that all three countries take far better care of their own environment, cleanliness, social etiquette than China. It seems that after 180 years, China has learnt absolutely nothing from its Opium Wars. Its head is still too big, it is still corrupt, and China today is still ruled under a dictatorship that is in no way answerable to the people. They just simply traded pigtails, eunuch's and emperor's clothes for Maoist suits or suits and ties!

Anonymous said...

Lucky,

Some of the posts here are drifting away from the main topic by bashing Singaporeans and PRC Chinese. These have nothing to do with the original topic and are stirring up unnecessary tensions.

Please delete them.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Besides, what is our national language?

Its Malay and why the hell are well conducting lessons in English.

Advocating the National Language(Malay) as our main language is it? This is totally out of sync with reality on the ground.

The average secondary school student knows that if you use Malay as a language of communication, we can only communicate with Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.If we use Mandarin we can only communicate with China and Taiwan. If we use Tamil we can only communicate with Southern India. But if we use English we have practically the whole world we can have trade and diplomatic relations with because English is used globally. As Singapore depends mainly on trade and investments to feed its population we need to be proficient in English in order to trade with the world. We also need English in order to gain new knowledge in every field of human endeavor. To attempt to gain such knowledge in Malay is plain futile.Further, English has been a compulsory subject in every examination from primary to tertiary level since the colonial period. If after 200 years of using English to do business and to communicate with you still cannot adapt to the language then you are hopelessly daft.

So the policy to use English as the main official language of communication and trade is the most logical one. Most of us whether Chinese,Malays or Indians have adapted well to the language with the exception of a minority. There will be more disadvantaged and unhappy people should we chose to use other alternative languages as the main language.

But even if the govt. is daft enough to change the constitution to allow Malay as the medium of instruction and as the de facto national language, the majority of Singapore Chinese, the Indian and other minority races will have the most to lose because they will have a harrowing time with learning a new language. Sorry to disappoint you pretty veritas that the peranakans can easily adapt to Malay because originally n for decades they have been speaking the patois Malay which is basically Malay wherein all the root words are Malay. So if you think you want to fix the peranakans in this way go ahead.

By the way 'peranakan' includes Indian peranakan, Chinese peranakan, Indonesian peranakan, Thai peranakan and even Burmese peranakan. We have them here.

If you want to represent those so called disadvantaged and marginalized students, you should learn more about our different communities and races. If you lack such knowledge how are you going to lead and represent them? You will only mislead and inflame their negative emotions and lead them to do something undesirable or unlawful to their detriment.

Anonymous said...

Hey veritas, I hope you actually as sexy as what your photo shows.

Anonymous said...

SAP schools are another example where mainly Chinese students are privileged to apply for admission. To qualify for SAP secondary schools, students must be within the top 10% of their cohort at PSLE level, must attain A for mandarin and A star for English. That means only those academically and bi-linguistically strong can hope to attend these elite schools. Naturally, only a small number of students of other races enter these elite schools, if they study mandarin. Only the top 1% of the 10% of the national cohort are given a chance at tri-lingual education.

Veritas said...

SAP school is a result of banana PAP killing Chinese education.

Before, these SAP schools were famous pure Chinese school producing students who are ultra good in Chinese and fiercely anti banana.

Banana LKY and sucker Goh Keng Swee who are licker of ang moh hate people with ethnic pride.

They decided to kill all these Chinese schools. First PAP killed Nantah. Next banana lay their hands on Chinese schools.

To prevent much repercussion, sweetening deals were given to these former Chinese schools. They are allowed to conduct a little deeper Chinese language lesson.

Other than that the instructions of all other subjects are force to be English, fulfilling the sick banana desire of cultural genocide.

Whats so great about teaching Chinese in "1st language"....etc... These SAP schools are just former shadow of their glory whereby all instructions are in Chinese.

Banana cheers.

Anonymous said...

However you want to look at it, they are still better off than any one else. After they finish school they will get the best jobs no doubt in GLCs, Stat boards, the armed forces and in Govt.ministries perhaps? May be in the private sector too.After all they are the creme de la creme aren't they and they should deserve these, shouldn't they?

Veritas said...

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However you want to look at it, they are still better off than any one else. After they finish school they will get the best jobs no doubt in GLCs, Stat boards, the armed forces and in Govt.ministries perhaps? May be in the private sector too.After all they are the creme de la creme aren't they and they should deserve these, shouldn't they?
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Agree that banana are more advantage (or you can say slightly cleverer) than the general population. They should perform slightly better.

Their over-achievements however is first due to the rigged education system of PAP that favors them.

Second, banana general command superior economics standings that the rest of population due to British patronage and also they are here longer than the rest of migrant.

So they are able to throw monies to bail out their off-springs in studies.

You put everyone in same economics standing and remove the rigged game, by 1 generation, different performance among communities will be much less skewed in favor of banana.

Veritas said...

By the way, I am not anti peranakan or anti banana.

My reader will know that the hero I admired most in Singapore is a Peranakan Robert Kho-Seng Lim--rather than the more Chinese Lim Bo Seng.

To add more info, the greatest Malayan intellect I admire is ang moh Chinese bastard Gu Hongming, another Peranakan.

But the peranakan elites like LKY Goh Keng Swee from PAP are really bastard SOB, that give all racial and interclass trouble.

They aspire to build a neo caste system in Singapore modelled after India.

These bastard want to genocide Singaporeans, both culturally and physically. They succeeded in sending our fertility rate TFR to 1 and target to send it to 0.

All Singapore that have conscience should despise and take down those banana from PAP.

Anonymous said...

@veritas

At long last you have now cleared the air as to whom specifically you have issues with, although at first you gave me and others the impression that you were against all peranakans in general. That I appreciate, thanks.

As for your perceptions and personal experiences vis-a-vis the education or other govt.policies, you are entitled to your own opinion about them just as I am entitled to mine. If we need to we should express ourselves honestly and without fear. But we should be cautious lest we defame or malign someone even if inadvertently.

Sie sie ni.

Veritas said...

Hi Annon
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At long last you have now cleared the air as to whom specifically you have issues with, although at first you gave me and others the impression that you were against all peranakans in general. That I appreciate, thanks.

As for your perceptions and personal experiences vis-a-vis the education or other govt.policies, you are entitled to your own opinion about them just as I am entitled to mine. If we need to we should express ourselves honestly and without fear. But we should be cautious lest we defame or malign someone even if inadvertently.
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I think you are an honest and honorable person.

Suddenly introducing English in P1 is extremely tough for many non-English background student

Students must be given sometime to slowly edge in.

And P1 in English instruction plus P3 streaming is really a toxic combination. This is what I am really against.

And also, there is a "Malay problem" in our education system, largely created by PAP.

No system is perfect but I think we can do much better if we take down PAP.

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Anonymous said...

Anon 12/3/12 17:27 made a lot of sense.

I didn't realise that SJI International is quoting such a price. Almost $23 000 per year including miscellaneous fees and all.

The thing I would like to add to that is that SJI International have many rich kids from foreign soils whose kids can't speak good English. In fact, bad English, that is.

It is surprising that SJI International which is hardly 5 years old is quoting such prices.

I can larger and larger disparity in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

The purposes of streaming in Singapore is to produce a small and able elite.

That was the whole intend of streaming.

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