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The Special Assistance Plan: Singapore’s own bumiputera policy

December 7, 2017

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by Tee Zhuo “…regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality…” -Extract from Singapore’s National Pledge[1] All citizens are equal… “This is not a Malay nation; this is not a Chinese nation; this is not an Indian nation. Everybody will have his place: equal; language, culture, religion.” […]

The affirmative action problem: The case of Sciences-Po.

December 6, 2017

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by Valentin Boissais A problem … In 2001, Sciences-Po have changed its admission procedures, there are now two ones. The first one is an entrance examination (which has always existed). Considered as one of the hardiest in France, it consists in three writing examinations : English, History, and one to choose between literature, mathematic and […]

Meritocracy Gone Wrong: Work for Reward, Reward for What? Examining the justice of exam-based meritocracy in Singapore from a Rawlsian perspective

December 6, 2017

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by Tan Yi-Qin Edina INTRODUCTION Despite Singapore’s high literacy rate of 96.8%, she also has one of the highest wealth inequalities in the world[1]. Given that education, especially when successfully administered nation-wide, is supposed to play a huge role as a social-economic leveller, it is clear that somewhere, something went wrong. Is Singapore’s huge wealth […]

Streaming in Singapore: Is Mere Evolution in Education Enough for Equality?

December 6, 2017

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by Hoo Yong Chuan, Shawn With effect from 2021, the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system will be modified to reduce the number of possible scores from over 200 to just 29. The changes announced in 2016 to the Singapore student’s first major national examination was aimed at promoting holistic education and reducing stress […]

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