30 Dec '11, 1am

Voices: Have we built an education system that breeds elitists?

The I Say piece "Disparity in tertiary education facilities" (Dec 26) brings to light a problem that has plagued our education system: The idea that some students, particularly from junior colleges, are better than Institute of Technical Education students. Even polytechnic students demonstrate the idea that they are better than ITE students and, indeed, poly students from other courses simply because their course has a higher entry requirement. This mindset is the unfortunate by-product of a society where paper qualifications and academic results are the benchmark for furthering one's position in school and in one's career. The situation is not helped when teachers keep reminding students of the brand name and exclusivity of their school. Alas, this mindset is instilled at a young age, arising from streaming practices in primary school. The problem is worsened by a lack o...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111230-0000015/An-ed...

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