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“Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics”: Surveys On Private School Graduates And Foreign Domestic Workers

Two surveys published in November – on private school graduates and foreign domestic workers in Singapore – drew contrasting interpretations, raising questions about how statistics is used. And more specifically, on the statistical issues of sampling, as well as study or survey design. Continue reading

Donors – Not Just Crowdfunding Websites – Must Exercise Discretion

Even though the abuse of crowdfunding websites in Singapore appears to be the exception, rather than the norm, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) is right to work “with key players in the crowdfunding scene to develop a set of best practices for crowdfunding sites” (ST, Nov. 30). Yet missing from this endeavour is a more concerted call for donors themselves to exercise greater discretion when giving money – online, and even offline – and in this vein hold non-profit causes and organisations to greater account. This is even more critical, if one considers the ease with which potential abusers can turn to other platforms such as direct bank or money transfers to solicit donations for ill intentions. Continue reading

A More Precise Fight Against Sugar In Schools

Against the background of a nationwide campaign to fight diabetes, moves by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to encourage “schools to sell drinks with less sugar” (ST, Nov. 16) – so as to lower the consumption of carbonated drinks – are to be applauded. Critics, however, are also justified to argue that these moves may be unnecessarily intrusive. Continue reading

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