- Publish On: 25 February 2019
Benefits of education
It is no secret that the educational system in Singapore is able to equip individuals with skills needed for the 21st century, paving the road to success for potential leaders.
Education also enables the economy to engage in high value-added production to raise economic growth and improve one’s living standards. The emphasis of bilingualism - the mastery of the English language and one’s mother tongue is a foundation to Singapore’s multiracial society.
With the adoption of technology, it has helped to facilitate the spread of information rapidly and students are now able to learn anywhere and at anytime. The very well-structured and well-facilitated curriculum ensures that all students are able to learn in a conducive environment that is able to support their learning and maximise their potential. Additionally, the teachers are well-trained and these competent education institutions are recognised worldwide, providing students with valuable opportunities to excel and learn.
Shortcomings of education
However, Singapore’s educational system has been said to be too exam-oriented and result-oriented.
The increasing emphasis on academic qualifications has led to a higher academic pressure in schools. As such, parents send their children to an overwhelmingly number of tuition and enrichment classes in order to keep up with the competition. As a result, there is a hefty price to be paid - children are overstretched and have no time to pursue their own interests.
The system of meritocracy also further worsens this issue. In a system where people are rewarded based on their talent and hardwork, meritocracy has been said to give rise to the problem of elitism. When families do well, they would naturally invest in their children, especially when they believe in meritocracy. So, elitism - a product of meritocracy can be detrimental to a society in the long run.
Question: Can Singapore’s education system prepare the youths for the challenges of the future?
What student says?
Valencia Tan - 2019-03-02 16:40:09
Although the meritocratic system may cause elitism, it is a part of the education system that helps prepare youths for the challenges of the future. The meritocratic system motivates youths to work harder as it will enable them to attain a scholarship which lessens any financial burden from school fees. For example, the scholarship application to universities in Singapore like NUS and SMU. This will motivate youths to be hardworking and not lazy, preparing the youths for challenges of the future.
However, Singapore's education system are too exam-oriented and results-oriented causing youths to be drilled to getting good results. This poses a problem as youths may think that results are everything hence lacking interpersonal skills needed to communicate with others in the future workforce. In all schools, there will always be at least 2 major examinations every year forcing students to study and get good grades as their results will determine their chances of getting what they choose. As a result, youths are too focused on studying that they do not have time to build up their communication skills thus not preparing youths for challenges of the future.
Singapore's education system can prepare youths for the challenges of the future as the education system keeps up to date with the modern times of society in this ever-changing world. Today, technology has become a significant part in our everyday lives hence learning about knowledge pertaining to technology is important. To been on par with the changing world, junior colleges have offered subjects that are more relevant for the future such as computing. Since the education system does not fail to teach relevant knowledge needed for the future, it can prepare youths for the challenges of the future.
Overall, Singapore's education system may have some limitations but it can help prepare youths for challenges of the future.
Lee Zhengqi - 2019-03-02 21:59:41
The challenges of the future includes digitalisation with high technology and the math and science academic has evolved into higher standard from the past to do this.
Challenges in the future includes people tension which through the proper civic and moral education by the teachers and even the teamwork such as project work in Junior Colleges trains students to tackle this issue.
It also includes terrorist attack that are foreseeable and students are taught adequately about racial and religious harmony in a multiracial country so that racial riots may not ensue in the future.
Lai Hui Ru - 2019-03-06 17:11:50
Not only that, the view and value on meritocracy that is observed in svjools are ingrained in them, shaping their view and mentality that hardwork pays off which is important in society.
However, although most of of the points in the passage are true, i beg to differ that the harsh and pressuring environment in schools brings them negative impacts. Instead, these harsh conditions brings about and develops tenacity in them, improving their character and mentality.
Indeed, a side effect of such education method would be the rise of elitism as the emphasis on academics is pertinent. This boosts the ego of the book smart and diminish the confidence of others.
In conclusion, a perfect and all rounded education to prepare youths for the challenges in the future indeed is not Singapore's. It should encompass the education of both the intangibles and tangibles, the need for both emotional and intellectual intelligence is what makes the economy go on.
Teo Kai Ting - 2019-03-10 10:41:38
shannon ng - 2019-03-12 19:45:02
Secondly, the education system ensures students learn the technical skills needed in our fast paced and pragmatic society. The conducive environment and with the well trained teachers provided, the students are able to maximise their potential through the given opportunities to excel and learn throughout their educational journey. These opportunities can allow students to master the technical skills needed in the economy. For example, students are taught how to carry out experiments in the Science labatory and this can help them develop the important skills needed for Research and Development of Singapore. In the future, they would be able to contribute greatly and productively to the economy when they come out to the workforce, resulting to economic growth. Hence, the development on technical skills in our education systems can prepare youths for the future of Singapore.
However, our education system may not be able to prepare youths for the challenges faced in Singapore in the future because it is too results orientated and it may lead to route learning. The increasing emphasis on good grades and academic qualifications would only motivate students to do well for a written paper. This may be detrimental because it may result to route learning. Route learning will cause students to be less adaptable to changes of the economy or society because students are trained to only focus on good paper qualifications. Given the rapid technological advancements recently, machines may easily replace workers and cause them to be structurally unemployed because they cannot do what they are trained to do while they were studying. This low level of adaptability among the Singaporeans is caused by route learning and hence it may not prepare youths for the challenges in the future.
Khaeruddin - 2019-03-12 20:01:54
programme, which aims to promote interest and develop talent in computing.
Under the programme, it allows students to create their own interactive stories,
video games and animations using coding. As a result, this shows how the government understands the need for IT skills and thereby prepare the youths by encouraging them acquire such skills.
However, there is a need to recognize that Singapore education system is still too exam and result-oriented. As such, even the inculcation of technical education has become pragmatic learning as students will only focus on the knowledge which is deemed important in their examination. As such, this may undermine youths capability in IT skills such that they become less competitive in the future which may severely impede their chances to secure jobs. Consequently, this may negatively impact their livelihood in the future. This can already be seen whereby a survey conducted by International Computer Driving License (ICDL) found out that Singaporean tertiary students overestimate their level of proficiency in digital literacy skills, including in word processing and spreadsheets as their proficiency level was below the global average. Thus, such examples indicate how youths in Singapore may be blinded with the assumption that they are proficient in IT from the examination conducted by the education system but in reality, they fail to reach the profiency level that is required in the workforce. Hence, the education system may have inadequately prepare students to overcome economic challenges in the future.
Ching Kwun Hei - 2019-03-12 20:02:09
Opponents of my view suggest otherwise as they believe that it promotes the elitism among top achievers in the highly competitive education system which is detrimental to our society and impedes the youths from solving the problem of globalisation in SG. Since our education system is based on meritocracy, students are rewarded based on their academic achievements. This results in top students feeling superior to others and being arrogant as they receive recognition from performing well. Consequently, they would be unable to work harmoniously with others who are deemed to be inferior to them, hence they would be lacking the soft skills required in the workforce. For example, students with better degrees in prestigious institutes such as Harvard University would feel like they are more worthy than graduates from a less known university and hence would be relunctant to work with them. This lack of social cohension would make them unable to overcome the challeneges faced during globalisaion and hence making our education system ineffective in solving them.
With the integration of advanced technology into our education system, it makes SG education system more capable in preparing youths for the challenge that is to promote economic growth in SG economy. Technology helps facilitate efficient learning among students and enables students to fully maximise their potential. Since SG engages in the production of high value-added goods, a highly skilled and educated workforce is essential in the production. With the adoptation of technology, it can equip students with complex technical skills which would prepare them for it. For example, the highly developed science labs in the School of Science and Technology imparts technical skills to students, enabling them to effectively attain higher levels of knowledge which would better prepare them to partake in high value-added production, hence allowing their generation to promote economic growth in the future, hence solving this future problem.