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. 😀