PM Lee: Every School Is A Good School? Really? (This Will Disgust You)

The Heart Truths

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said at the National Day Rally 2013 that, “every school is a good school”.

However, at the AsiaEducationExpo (AEX) 2013, Vice-Principal of Jurong West Secondary School Pushparani Nadarajah said that, “How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so are parents going to buy (it).

Indeed, is every school a good school, as PM Lee claims? Let me show you some statistics that will shock you.

(This is a shortened summary article of an article that I had published yesterday.)

A quick background: The PAP government has created schemes such as the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), to cater to the “intellectually gifted”. They have also created the Integrated Programmes (IP) for the “academically strong”. The GEP and IP are…

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The first time I heard of Dr Lim Hock Siew was when Martyn See made that video of a speech by Dr Lim in 2010. Swiftly, the Media Development Authority (MDA) banned that film in July that year. [Read about it here.]

The film remains banned till this day because, the authorities say, it is “against the public’s interest” for it to be allowed to be shown.

[You can view the film here.]

I then had the opportunity to meet Dr Lim on several occasions, most notably a private session conducted by Function8, where Dr Lim related his side of the story of the events leading up to his incarceration in 1963’s Operation Coldstore. He would remain detained in jail for almost 20 years under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

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Waiting patiently to start my holiday …

Well, here we are. After months of deliberation, i have finally decided to start blogging.

Let’s start with where we are today. I’m sitting in Vienna waiting for five-and-a-half hours for my husband to wake up and drive us to my promised holiday in Portofino. It all started a few month ago, when his cousin was talking about celebrating her 50th birthday in Nice. We’d been to Nice in 2008 and loved it, so we decided to attend her birthday celebration and extend the trip to Portofino, as we did not have enough time for Portofino in 2008.

Then she decided against celebrating her birthday – i guess she decided she was not ready to announce her age to the whole wide world. (I understand the feeling!) No harm, we decided to forgo Nice but continue with Portofino and the Italian Riviera.

I arrived in Vienna last Friday, on 13th August and, for a combination of reasons, we have not left on the holiday i was looking forward to. Sure, we’ve done different things around here, but I’ve been to Austria so many times and with family around it’s really not “holiday”. I finally decided yesterday that this was it, we were going to go TODAY (i.e. yesterday) because I am scheduled to fly back to Singapore on 27th August and there is just no time left!

Well, dear husband decided that he had to spend more time with his family so let’s do a family dinner and we’ll leave tomorrow, i.e. TODAY. No problem, i can compromise.  We did the family dinner and, towards the tail-end of the evening, while they were sitting around, I started washing up and cleaning up the kitchen. My husband is the sort who would spend hours cleaning up (yes, I’m one of the lucky few) and, knowing how these family affairs last long into the wee hours, I didn’t want him to end up not getting enough sleep. I went to bed around midnight, and was woken up at 3:30 a.m. by his fussing around in the kitchen. His mother had just left at 3:00 a.m. (she lives next door) and he had put away the furniture, tidied up the garden, and was washing up the remaining glasses, cleaning the wax from the candlesticks and that sort of stuff. I made my comment about how he should just do the minimum and go to bed so we would be ready to leave in the morning.

Waking up at 7:30 a.m. I started getting ready for the trip. After i’d packed and showered and was dressing, dear husband informed me that he had not slept all night. He then went to bed and promptly fell asleep.

You can guess what sort of feelings and bad thoughts were running through my head then. What’s a woman to do? I decided to check my e-mail, do my Internet reading … then got bored and decided to vent on this blog. Hey, i’d had a blog set up months ago and never started writing, and was seriously contemplating what to write these past few weeks, so this seemed as good a topic as any.

Next post i’ll let you know what happens with the rest of my holiday ….

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