21 May 2019
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that it is important our schools create opportunities for students from different social backgrounds to interact, so that we can break down social barriers and build understanding.
PM Lee was speaking at a dinner in Raffles City Convention Centre to mark the golden jubilee of Singapore’s first junior college, National Junior College.
PM Lee himself was in NJC’s pioneer batch in 1969.
For instance, Mr Lee pointed out that NJC had no affiliation to any other school, but based its intake purely on academic results and interviews.
NJC has, in recent years, also made an effort to encourage talented students from humble backgrounds to apply to the college.
“Our schools are important platforms for us to level up Singaporeans who start off from less advantaged backgrounds, so that every child can have the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential,” said PM Lee.