20 Mar '16, 1pm

The fault in our niche schools

Unless one is very active beyond school activities, students enrolled in niche schools like the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools or madrasahs (Islamic schools) are unlikely to meet peers from other races, save for brief interactions with their neighbours and in public settings like shopping malls and libraries. In Singapore, these niche schools exist to serve a specific purpose for the different groups of students. The SAP education system was established to cater to academically strong Chinese students who are interested to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and language. The SAP school curriculum allocates time for students to take up enrichment classes like Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, and lantern-making. Madrasahs, on the other hand, are Islamic institutions that offer a combination of religious and secular education for Muslim students in Singapore. Bei...

Full article: https://www.youth.sg/Our-Voice/Opinions/2016/3/The-fault-...

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