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JOSEPH SCHOOLING SUCCEEDED BECAUSE HE DIDN'T FOLLOW S'PORE-STYLE MERITOCRACY

The Schooling phenomenon is amazing – it stir up so much curry in the pot. Truthfully, it is never about hard work alone or the capacity to dream big like what PM would have proclaimed. If he followed Meritocracy – Singapore-styled – August 13 would probably be a rather uneventful day. The brutal truth of his success is not just because of the factors above, but because his family did things that are totally Un-Singaporean; like spending more than a million dollars by selling their house and investing painful growing years in providing the best environment to train their son in competitive swimming… with no guarantee of winning of course.

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AVERAGE S'POREAN: RICH ELITES CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND OUR SIMPLE LOCAL LIFESTYLE

I would like to share my reflections on what the upcoming SG50 anniversary means to me, based on my personal experiences as an average Singaporean. I have come to realize that the poor and lower-middle class represent an entirely different Singapore from the rich and upper-middle class. We are like two different nations.

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PRIMARY 1 KIDS MUST STAY IN DECLARED ADDRESS FOR 30 MONTHS IF THEY APPLY UNDER PROXIMITY SCHEME

Parents who apply for their children to be admitted into a primary school based on their proximity to the school will now have to ensure that their children stay in the declared address until they finish Primary 2. This according to a new ruling by the Ministry of Education. But there were those who felt that such a temporary fix would not solve the deeper root problems in the primary school registration system. "It is a fact that certain primary schools are more popular than others because they have better teachers, better facilities and overall a better environment for children to learn in. The government is simply forcing parents from less privileged areas to register for the not so good schools in their areas, which means denying their children the opportunity to move up." said another parent.

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