01 Aug '11, 5am

The alumni advantage in Pri 1 registration breeds elitism, says our reader. Do you agree? #SGedu

THE present system of primary school admission is unfair to children from less-educated and lower-income families ("Enlarge popular primary schools" by Mr Chong Foo Sin; July 20). Let's consider the ways parents can increase their chances currently. The parent-volunteer route is available only to parents of means, who are usually better educated and in stable jobs and are able to take leave to volunteer. As for location, well-off parents can afford to buy or rent accommodation near their schools of choice. For instance, there are no HDB flats within 1km of Raffles Girls' Primary School. The alumni advantage breeds elitism and excludes those who do not come from families whose members attended "gifted" schools. With no quota for Phase 2A, there could well be a year when, say, Ai Tong could have all its places taken up by the end of that phase - meaning that there is no room...

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