25 Feb '11, 2am

Great quote from a reader: "Hardly anyone went for tuition - for to do so would be to admit intellectual inferiority."

MR LEE Min Shing's experience in an elite junior college ('Skewing a level field'; Feb 12) bears no comparison with my pre-university days in the 1970s. Then, there were two premier pre-universities: Anglo-Chinese School, which catered to the supposedly rich and elite, and famous for churning out future business captains; and Raffles Institution, which was renowned for grooming future leaders. Preconceptions aside, the vast majority of us in the first institution were distinctly middle class. Hardly anyone went for tuition - for to do so would be to admit intellectual inferiority. Being regarded as the student elite, teachers hardly bothered with the nitty-gritty of the basic syllabus, assuming that this would easily be handled by the students on their own. It did not help that the philosophy promulgated by the physics teacher was that nothing worthwhile was ever learnt fr...

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