Education system.

18 Sep

I want to talk about SG’s education system.. sorta.

I’m sure most of you have gone thru your school life in this order:

Primary School>Secondary School>ITE/POLY/JC>University

Todays topic is about the >, or the transition from one school to another. But before I continue, let me ask this question:

how many of you really know what you were doing when you got that thick book for choosing the school of your choice?

For me, when I was choosing my secondary school, I just picked those that were damn near me, and of course the usual ‘Eh you oso go this school ar?? OK LAR ONZ! WE GO TOGETHER’ oso decided the schools of my choice.

My first choice was East View and seriously I really regretted it. cause I kena it and it was to me, the suckiest period of my life during my stay there. I shan’t elaborate though, but the only saving grace was meeting a handful of good friends that I still keep in contact with now.

I really didn’t know much about East View’s and it’s history and I really didn’t care cause I was young and stupid?

Seriously, even when I asked my friends, most of my opinions gathered were either:

1) the school is near to his/her/it’s house

2) the school is reputable in one way or another

3) their friends go, so they go also

Ok, maybe for Secondary school you can say, ‘hey, its all the same la! we study all the same subject! who cares?!’


Moving on to ITE/Poly (I shall skip JC cause I don’t know they got wide variety of courses to choose from or not. Sorry I not the study type)

Now this book! is where things get interesting.

Upon receiving and opening it, you will  be brought to the world of perfect confusion n dilemma. seriously, who the fuck REALLY understands what they are gona study?

yes the ‘skin’ and the ‘features’ you might know, but the ‘heart’, ‘lungs’ ‘kidneys’ all this you noe?

Even if you were to go to their open houses, im sure you will come back just as confused. at most let u WOW abit only.

to truely understand this, you’d have to take the course itself and study the subjects first, tio bo?

That is where the troubles start. I read in the newspaper some recruitment company did a survey and found out that a staggering 80% of surveyees regretted taking whatever they took during their course of studies.

and I’ve also encountered scenarios where a few friends of mine quit because they really wasn’t interested in studying that subject or totally don’t understand.

The majority just regretted. only a rare few enjoyed what they were really doing.

So it just begs the question, who is at fault here?

Is it the problem with us? is it the fact that we did not do our own homework and check properly before applying?


Isit the garment’s fault for thinking that there really isn’t any problem at all?

Look, I’m not picking bones with the garment or anything,

My point here is simple: what can  be done to make sure teenagers(oh such a tender age! all they noe is play play play) love or at least TRY TO love their course of study?

I’ve brainstormed, and to be frank, I totally have no clue.

It’s sad la, being a slave to education. Is that what you need to sacrifice in order to be successful and progress as a society?

You can say parents can help in this matter, but to me i just think its not a good idea cause its either they are biased or they are way behind and think that rubber harvesting is the best job anyone can get.

And notice that the aim of this post is LOVE, not BEST, so yeah.

and fyi, im too old to even go THINK about loving my course of study, I’ve passed that stage already. misery or not, i don’t have a choice. but seriously, that doesn’t mean other people should be deprieved of that chance, especially when they have access to it, tio bo?

UPDATE: An interesting read by Daphne Maia, obviously her command of the English language is much much more better than mine, so if you don’t understand what the heck I’m talking about, go to her’s. We were having a discussion about this topic the other day when we met up and she actually managed to come out with a solution too.

Overall a pretty good job in highlighting the problems students face nowadays. 😀


Posted by on September 18, 2008 in No bullshit!, Thoughts


4 responses to “Education system.

  1. beckgiggs7

    September 18, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    wow this topic’s kinda familiar.


  2. Khaos

    September 18, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    we discussed it before what. knn u old man!

  3. Ponder Stibbons

    October 17, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Having studied in both the US and Singapore, I think the problem is mostly cultural. The emphasis of education in Singapore is all on getting a good job and earning money. Little attention is paid to the intrinsic value of education. Students are not motivated to learn more about their subjects beyond what is fed to them in the classroom. Thus, when the times comes (after O levels) to specialise more into specific subfields, they have little if any idea of what the subfields are about. Because they never bothered to read stuff about physics or chemistry that wasn’t in their textbooks. They have no idea what lies in store for them in the various subfields.

    The situation is not as bad in the US for two reasons. Firstly, their system is much more flexible. You can study a wide range of subjects in high school. After that, you apply straight to university. For university, you do not have to pick a major until, say, your last two years in university. So you have plenty of time to explore wide range of subjects (you can take courses in any subject you want) before deciding. And even if you should end up with a university degree in a field you dislike, there are plenty of Masters programs that cater specifically to students who have degrees in other fields but want to switch fields.

    Secondly, I found American students to be much more active learners than Singaporeans (though of course, American schools have their fair share of disinterested jocks, as well). They were more likely to read widely outside of their textbooks. They exposed themselves to and were better informed about a broader range of issues than Singaporeans. They were also more willing to pursue their interests at the expense of financial benefit — but to me it was impressive enough that they had strong, intrinsic interests in particular subjects; I rarely see this in Singaporeans. Their parents were also more encouraging than Singaporean parents are about their interests. Singaporean parents tend to judge educational paths by their economic prospects, so much so that people who are interested in ‘unprofitable’ subjects like art are actively discouraged by their own parents. American parents are comparatively more enthusiastic about their children’s interests, whether these interests were economically ‘profitable’ or not.

    In conclusion, I think it’s really a matter of a lack of idealism and curiosity in Singaporeans about their education, and also institutional setups that make it difficult for people to switch fields.

  4. Khaos

    October 17, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Ah a pretty good read there. thanks for sharing your opinions on this matter. 😀


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