07 Sep '11, 2am

A reader asks: Is our education system hindering the birth of outstanding talent?

SINGAPORE has not succeeded in producing as many outstanding members of society as she could, and I believe that the main cause is not the limited resources and talent pool available here, but rather the education system. Outstanding people do not just possess an extraordinary amount of money. They start an epoch-making change in the world. Examples include Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg, who created a company worth billions while in university. Outstanding people have different mindsets. But our education system focuses on examination results and classifies students in a manner that does not do justice to the nation's talent and potential. Take for example the Primary School Leaving Examination. If one is good in four subjects - Mathematics, Science, Mother Tongue and English - one is placed in a good class. If not, he or she is labelled "Norma...

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