13 Jan '11, 2pm

S'pore must preserve meritocracy in govt schools, says MM Lee

SINGAPORE: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said Singapore must preserve meritocracy in government schools to enable the best to rise to the top. He said students from these schools such as Raffles Institution (RI) are the drivers of Singapore's advancement. Mr Lee said this after receiving the inaugural Gryphon Award presented to him on Thursday evening, by RI. The Gryphon Award honours illustrious Rafflesians who have made exceptional contributions to Singapore. Mr Lee, who was a former RI student, stressed that RI must always remain a school that admits students on the basis of merit, and not on their parents' status or wealth. "Graduating from a top school like RI does not mean that one will necessarily succeed in life," Mr Lee said. "Academic ability must be matched by people skills, the capacity to adapt and change with changing circumstances, and to keep on learning. "R...

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