t Double Yellow's Musings: Race and Education – PSLE Exam Results
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Race and Education – PSLE Exam Results

The PSLE results are out after the PSLE math exam goof-up. Anyways, the top student this time round was Adil Hakim. And congratulations to him!! But as with every year, we also published the names of the top Indian student and the top Eurasian student. This is from The Straits Times, 25 Nov,

Both Ryan Anderson and Dhivian Thirunaukrarasu have done well and deserve all the accolades they got. But my point this…

Does it really matter whether one is the top student among their race? Do all Indians have comparable academic strengths? Or for that matter, do all the Malays, Chinese or Eurasians? Obviously not! So what point does it serve to compare people of a same race?

When these kids were studying for their PSLE exams, did they aim to be the top students in their race category? No! If they did, then something is seriously wrong with our education system. Their objective was to be the top student among everybody.

When these kids grow up and join the work force, will it really matter whether they were the top Indian or Eurasian students? No! Then why make it a big issue now? What does race have to do with exam results? Nothing!

It’s high time we remove race from stuff that has nothing to do with race. It’s archaic.


Blogger mooiness said...

This is indeed archaic. Very patronising as well. Like "you didn't come #1 overall but at least you were #1 among your ppl right?" Hahaahah. Damn.

Yes - get rid of this.

4:04 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

yeah mooiness, i wish the Ministry of Education is listening :)

6:27 PM  
Blogger Heavenly Sword said...

Newspapers-led and institutionally supported comparisons enact a certain kind of culture in Singapore - namely, the culture of comparison... :)

7:36 AM  
Blogger trisha said...

As a teacher, I am immensely irritated everytime the papers come up with such reports of the top Malay/Indian/Eurasian/Chinese scorer for PSLE/O/A level exams.

I'm not even sure if it is MOE's fault. I mean it's the Straits Times people who write such news right?

8:10 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey HS, agree wif you. There is a culture of comprasion in Singapore. Sometimes comparison may lead to healthy competition but most times, (1) it places unnecessary and misplaced pressure on people and (2) alludes to an imaginary homogeneity among the groups being compared, in this case between 'races'

hey trisha, glad to see that someone else is also as irritated on reading such newspaper reports :) Even if MOE does not publish the names in the racial categories, it does support the writing style of the newspaper. This report was on the front page. If they didn't agree, the least they could have done is to write to the forum page to clarify.

4:17 PM  

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