Singapore will be building a new elite junior college offering Integrated Programmes (IP) for students from Catholic High School, St Nicholas’ Girls’ School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. The IP system is a fast-track system that bypass O levels and allow direct sitting for the A levels, created by the Ministry of Education (MOE) for only students from elite schools. Even for those who are doing well, students from neighbourhood schools will have to spend an extra year preparing for O levels.
According to the speech made by the new Education Minister Ng Chee Meng at a MOE dinner held at Shangri-La Hotel, the new elite school will be named Eunoia Junior College. Minister Ng Chee Meng was a former Chief of Defence Force and was a scholar from the Singapore Armed Forces.
Just earlier this month, 7 neighbourhood schools were announced for demolishment citing “low demand”, while another elite school Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) gets a new MRT station built right next to it. Singapore’s neighbourhood schools are entitled to lesser budget from the MOE and usually have large classroom size. As a result of unequal distribution of state resources, students from neighbourhood schools do not score well. The Singapore government was exposed by Wikileaks in 2011 revealing that the government doesn’t want too many Singaporeans going to universities [Link]. It is believed the Singapore government wants to build a class of elites and keep the remaining population uneducated for political purposes.
“¶9. (C) Singapore boasts a highly competitive and
well-regarded primary and secondary education system, but the
number of Singaporeans completing a tertiary education is
relatively low. Only 23 percent of Singaporean students
entering primary school complete a degree at a local
four-year university. In other knowledge-economies such as
Japan’s, around 50 percent of students complete a university
degree. However, according to Cheryl Chan, Assistant
Director of the Planning Division at the Ministry of
Education (MOE), the government does not plan to encourage
more students to get a higher education. The university
enrollment rate will continue to be maintained at 20-25
percent because the Singaporean labor market does not need
everyone to get a four-year degree, she asserted.”