Photo of Tampines JC from Straits Times

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be closing 4 neighbourhood Junior Colleges (JCs) this year, after an earlier announcement last year to close down 11 neighbourhood secondary schools. The four JCs that will close are Serangoon JC, Innova JC, Tampines JC and Jurong JC, and their respective school sites will be torn down. Four existing JCs will also be renamed, even though no additional funding or resources will be given for the alleged “merging exercise”.

Anderson JC will be renamed “Anderson Serangoon JC”
Yishun JC will be renamed “Yishun Innova JC”
Meridian JC will be renamed “Tampines Meridian JC” (even though the school is located at Pasir Ris)
Pioneer JC will be renamed “Jurong Pioneer JC” (even though the school is located at Choa Chu Kang)

Some Singaporeans however are clever enough to see through the lies of the MOE’s alleged “merger”, pointing out that the new names are meaningless for the former graduates.

Singapore have a total of 17 JCs, and none of the elite and well-funded ones are affected by the merger. In Singapore, the rich-poor gap can be easily seen from the school one attends. The poor and average students attend the neighbourhood schools, and even with excellent results, most of them are unable to attend the good schools. Enrolment for elite schools are also segregated by family background and reserved for the children of the rich.

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