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MINISTER NG CHEE MENG: SCHOOL MERGER IS PAINFUL BUT NECESSARY, LET'S GO THROUGH THIS TOGETHER

Finally, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng spoke up about school mergers. He posted on Facebook that it is a "painful but necessary decision" which he himself "agonised" over.

He still believes this is the best decision even after considering other possibilities. He explained that some JCs will not even be able to fill half of its intake if they were left by themselves, and this will negatively affect students' educational experiences.

"My educators and I think this cannot be good for our students. We do not take school mergers lightly. We only proceeded with these mergers as we are sure it is for the better for our students to come."

He knows some people will feel a sense of loss but assured that their heritage will be kept alive although he did not say how it can be done. It is not an easy transition but he hopes everyone can go through this difficult journey together.

Get ready ok, must go through ups and downs together.

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TEACHERS WON'T LOSE JOBS IN MERGER, BUT WILL LIFE BE THE SAME FOR THEM?

While the MOE had said that no one would lose their jobs, imagine the anxiety of facing the uncertainty of where you are going to be deployed, of parting ways with most of the colleagues who had been in the same school with you for a long time, and the prospect of having an entirely new team of colleagues and students without ever having changed or requested for a change of job deployment. Some of the teachers might even have to teach at other levels, meaning they might have to trade JC teaching to secondary school modules. All these change of environment and possibly job description will just add to the anxiety levels of the teachers.

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WHY CHOOSE ONLY NEIGHBOURHOOD JC TO MERGE?

Why is it only neighbourhood schools are merged? Didn't the government just open a new JC for elite students from prestigious girls' schools like SCGS and CHIJ St Nicholas? If the birth rate is so low, why bother to open a new JC?

Why not merge Hwa Chong JC with National JC since they are opposite each other in Bukit Timah? Saves space, right? Pioneer JC was built in 1999, Meridian JC in 2003 and Innova in 2005. You-know-yah JC started this year! And then Secondary schools were allowed to start Senior High aka Pre-U sections: Dunman High in 2005, River Valley High followed suit in 2006, ACS Independent in 2008 and SJI in 2013. And you also have specialised independent schools set up that have Pre-U sections, with NUS High School of Math and Science in 2005, SOTA in 2008.

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UPCOMING MERGER OF NEIGHBOURHOOD JUNIOR COLLEGES REEK OF ELITISM

MOE announced that due to falling student enrolment, 8 junior colleges will merge by 2019. That sounds fine until you see the list of JC MOE wishes to merge and you notice that all of these 8 junior colleges are from the neighbourhoods. Why are these JCs being targeted for merger and not those big name elite JCs? This merger reeks of elitism which MOE has been quick to deny all these years, claiming that every school is a good school. But when push comes to shove to decide which schools to cut, they cut only the normal neighbourhood schools and leave the other ELITE schools as they are.

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THANK YOU SRJC FOR SHOWING WHAT TRUE SPORTSMANSHIP IS

Last weekend, at the Inter-JC Ultimate Championship, I got to witness what I believe to be one of the best act of sportsmanship from the SRJC Ultimate team. After a gruelling 30 mins of intense rivalry on the field, RI eventually came up top, beating SR by a single point. As the final horn was blown, a RI player overwhelmed with emotion, broke down in tears.

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INDIAN FT PARENT: POLY IS FOR IDIOTS WHO EVENTUALLY END UP WITH SHITTY JOBS

My dad hasn't studied in the local system at all but he always lectures me on how i absolutely HAVE to go to jc and that poly is for idiots which i'm assuming is untrue. he also says that the government funds polys and gives them better facilities than jcs to attract students so more people go to poly and end up getting shitty jobs (because there is a shortage of people who want to work those jobs) which honestly sounds like some conspiracy shit to me. i really don't know if he's bullshitting or not and i need some external advice. he also says pioneer jc is full of gangsters, hope thats not true.

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PARENTS OF JC STUDENTS: MOE BROKE PROMISES, TREATED US LIKE 2ND CLASS CITIZENS!

A.S.S. previously published an article reporting on the complaints of a group of parents - they said that MOE had promised to build a new JC for their children but ended up delaying the new JC building project for an unreasonably long period of time. This email is a follow-up to the previous article from one of the parents of the affected chidren, who says she is tired of being mistreated and ignored by the Ministry of Education. Read her letter below:

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