When Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced in Parliament that the Education Ministry will abandon the streaming process for schools by 2024, this was a huge change to the education diaspora in Singapore. This means there will no longer be Express, Normal and Normal (Technical) streams, our young kids will not have to live with this kind of labeling again so early in their life.
But this proposal is not new. In fact, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) had put forth this thinking that streaming puts unfair labeling on school children since 1994. In their manifesto Dare To Change: An Alternative Vision for Singapore, Chee Soon Juan already wrote that a major problem of streaming is something called labeling. SDP have been actively championing the cause for removing of streaming. Now, 25 years later, PAP have finally followed the SDP’s lead, and announced the removing of streaming, although it won’t happen till another five years.
This is not the first time the PAP have followed SDP’s lead either. They had also “stolen” ideas from SDP, including changes to taxes, minimum wage and jobs for Singaporeans first. SDP will always come out with ideas, PAP will criticise the proposals, especially during election years, but they will keep these proposals and push it out as their own many years down the road.
PAP, the party with no moral compass and full of hypocrites. And these are our elected leaders.