No one will complain if we’re convinced it’s not wayang

A photo posted by Mr Sadri Farick, 37, the father of one of the Tanjong Katong Primary School pupils, on Facebook June 5th.

A photo posted by Mr Sadri Farick, 37, the father of one of the Tanjong Katong Primary School pupils, on Facebook June 5th.

You talk about learning? Okay, so what do you learn from visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, etc.? I can tell you most of the students learn only one thing: that Singapore is much better and other countries very ulu. Of course it fits the national education bill.

Wait, I am all for learning, and yes to visiting Cambodia to learn about the evils of people-killing regimes. But don’t come back thinking Singapore is paradise.

And stop blindly defending the school authorities for sanctioning such a trip for 12-year-olds. You know we are Singapore, and we are all kiasu and kiasi. You want people to be more open, you bloody hell scrap PSLE and open up the various playing fields.

No one is saying we should blame MOE, blame the school and teachers all the time. I, for one, do not blame MOE for allowing this. After all, what better way to sell the much-propagated idea we are giving opportunities to our young than to have such exciting and maybe expensive trips?

But why are people not allowed to criticize? As if criticizing means we don’t want them to go out and learn? May I repeat, we are Singapore, and like so many other things, maybe ‘society’ is ‘not ready’ for such trips?

And now, the Sabah authorities are considering barring Kinabalu to under-15s. Good slap to those saying “age does not matter, why discriminate?”

No one is saying they are too young to learn. But if you can convince people it’s not all wayang when you pump in so much money for such trips to give people a feel-good sensation, when you pump in so much money to build nice, new ITEs to let people think you are caring, when you scream ‘every school a good school’ but do nothing to solve elitism or to equalize job opportunities and prospects, then I think no one would complain.

Albert Tay

 Six schoolchildren from Singapore, a 12-year-old Filipina, and three believed to be teachers from Singapore were among the names of 17 Kinabalu victims released by officials June 7th.

Six schoolchildren from Singapore, a 12-year-old Filipina, and three believed to be teachers from Singapore were among the names of 17 Kinabalu victims released by officials June 7th. Pic credit: FMT

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