Participants at Pink Dot pink dot at the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)
Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.
When the various political parties were introducing their candidates, there was no shortage of aspiring Members of Parliament who promised to speak up on issues of education, such as the Cheryl Loh from the Workers’ Party or Jaslyn Go from the Singapore Democratic Party.
Educational reform is important. Much has been said about the downsides of rote learning and standardised testing, as well as Singapore’s tuition culture and the practice of measuring individuals merely by their academic achievements.
But one aspect of school life has not yet been examined.
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