The Independent Singapore spreading lies about Minister Tan Chuan Jin admitting that not all schools are equal.
Since when did MOE or any ministers said all schools are equal? They said “Every school is a good school”!
Twisting words out of context and claim our Minister admitted that all schools are not equal? All schools are good doesn’t mean they are equals!
There are two different perspectives on education, on schools in Singapore. One is the MOE perspective – Every School Is A Good School. Whichever school you go to, whichever class or principal you have, you will get a good education. And we give every school the teachers, the resources, the backing. We help many of our schools develop niches of excellence. We make sure that the whole system is of a high standard. Every school is a good school. But parents and students have a different perspective. They accept the MOE argument but they still have strong preferences for certain schools. And even within the same housing estate, two separate schools, few hundred metres apart, parents will go to great lengths to bring their children into School A instead of School B. I see it every year when it comes to school admission time after the PSLE exams, when people come and try very, very hard. Having got a place in a good school, they want a place in another school which in their view will be better for their kid. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they do not. But the belief is very deep. And nationally that happens too, because secondary schools admit students from across the country and based on their academic results. So, the results of parents looking for what they think are the best schools and consulting websites like kiasuparents.com — I am past that point, but I have not reached kiasugrandparents.com yet — but the result of that is certain top secondary schools get a very high concentration of the very good students or at least the students with very good results. So in these top secondary schools, standards are very high, competition to get in is very intense and everybody feels enormous pressure. So you have these two views, one, MOE – Every School is A Good School. Two, parents, I prefer School A to School B. You ask me what is my take; let me tell you my take.