08 Mar '11, 1am

Education Minister Ng Eng Hen says education remains 'the best way to move up', hailing it as a social leveller

Education Minister Ng Eng Hen says education remains 'the best way to move up', hailing it as a social leveller

Minister for Education Ng Eng Hen said the Singapore school system was 'still the best way to move up'. -- ST PHOTO: ALBERT SIM EDUCATION remains the great social leveller in Singapore society, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen declared in Parliament on Monday. He provided statistics to show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to achieve academically, and emphasised that the 'Singapore story' - of rising from humble beginnings to first-world success - continues for this generation of schoolchildren. Of students in the bottom third socio-economic bracket, about half score within the top two-thirds of their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) cohort, he said. Achievement is broad-based, he added: Every primary school, whether neighbourhood or brand-name, has at least 10 pupils who score in the top one-third of the PSLE cohort. And of students from familie...

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