14 April 2019
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has said that education remains the best social leveller, but there needs to be a broader definition of meritocracy, as well as the recognition that talent goes beyond just grades.
He was speaking at a forum on education at the National University of Singapore.
The forum, attended by over 300 guests, explored various issues, such as the divide between schools perceived as elite and neighbourhood, and the need for a more compassionate meritocracy.
Yale-NUS College president Tan Tai Yong said that while education has raised the standard of living over the years, Singapore’s education system has become too differentiated.
Prof Tan said that academic performance is not determined entirely by the natural and inherent abilities of an individual, but is, to a large extent, a function of socioeconomic and environmental conditions.