Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that Raffles Institution (RI) should continue to exemplify Singapore’s inclusive spirit and egalitarian ethos, as well as remain a beacon of hope and opportunity for every student regardless of background.
These remarks were made at RI’s Bicentennial Founder’s Day celebrations.
Mr Lee said that over its 200-year history, RI has established a strong reputation for student leadership, academic excellence and service to Singapore.
Mr Lee also challenged RI students to define excellence not just by their personal achievements but also by their contributions to society.
Mr Frederick Yeo, RI’s principal, said the school has taken “definitive steps” to boost access to RI for talented students since the PM last spoke about this in 2018.
Mr Yeo also said RI will make available more learning opportunities at the school, such as the RI boarding programme, for students from other schools so both groups of students can interact at a deeper level.