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NS Job-Readiness Schemes Aplenty. But Who’s Keeping Count – And Track?

A slew of National Service job-readiness schemes have been rolled out: Vocation choices, “enhanced” career fairs, and now accredited competencies and skills. But how do we know if these schemes have actually been effective? Continue reading

Challenge Utility Of National Examinations

While I agree with the general observation that Singapore is “shifting away from what has been a pressure-cooker system fixated on academic achievement instead of holistic development” (ST, Aug. 3), the responsibility of reducing the disproportionate emphasis on examinations should not fall on parents alone, not to exacerbate “the educational arms race with scholastic slavery”. Central to this discourse, in fact, is the very role of examinations and assumptions of their utility; assumptions which oftentimes go unchallenged, given our longstanding reliance upon them. Therefore, if the intent is to reduce stress, competition, and the unhealthy obsession with them, then the role of examinations – the national, high-stakes ones, in particular – must be examined. Continue reading

#NDRsg: The 2017 National Day Rally In Tweets

Missed the 2017 National Day Rally by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong? Here’s a chronological collection of my tweets from the evening. Continue reading

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