St Margaret Secondary School Principal: covering her ass over punishment of bald students? Part 2
The Singapore school system has been praised by the ruling PAP government. But it has turned the country into a tuition nation. Rote-learning and a heavily exam-oriented school system has tuned out students who are only exam-smart.
The holy grail for school principals is for their schools to excel academically. To motivate them towards this goal, the Ministry of Education (MOE) dishes out financial rewards.
This single-minded approach to schooling has resulted in students lacking in the innovative and creative spirit. Playing it safe, most accept things without question and become conformists.
MOE top brass and school principals themselves were brought up under this system. Don’t rock the boat mindset prevails among them. Indeed, it prevails in the whole of society.
From the President, Ministers, MPs, academics and those who wield influence, all have no comments on the issues facing Singaporeans. Their mantra is silence is golden.
This conformist culture has bred a rubber-stamp Parliament dominated by the ruling PAP government whose MPs have been accused of groupthink and being yes-men.
The government likes to preach that the law is the law, rules are rules. If they are not enforced, why do we have them in the first place, it argues.
But laws and rules are made by man. And man can have an ulterior and sinister motive in making these laws and rules. Like emasculating the political opposition for instance.
Applying the letter of the law and ignoring the spirit of the law has long been the practice of this government. One can see the result of this mindset: a lack of compassion and repressive tendency of this government.
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