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Our Elderly need the Teletext Service

By: Jeraldine Phneah I am sad to hear that Mediacorp will no longer be offering it’s Teletext service this month. This service is currently being used by many senior citizens who rely on it to check the daily news, TV programmes schedules and lottery results. Teletext to them is similar to how our youths depend on social media platforms such as Facebook …

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Primary School Admissions- Disadvantageous to the poor?

By: Jeraldine Phneah I am writing this post because I am deeply concerned by the existing admission of primary school students on it’s impact on children from disadvantaged backgrounds in our society. The recent statistics released by the Ministry of Education revealing that one in every five primary school students enter by ‘connections’ is a worrying one ("20% of P1 …

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Single-party or multiparty?

By Jeraldine Phneah A young reader asked me recently if a multi-party or single-party system will be better for Singapore. He believes that we have been doing well in a single-party system so far. Thus, why would there be a need to introduce even more parties into our existing system? It is my personal view that a single party system …

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The Dangers of Political Apathy in Singapore

By: Jeraldine Phneah In 2011, TNP published worrying statistics that two in five Singaporeans aged between 21 and 35 would not bother to vote if voting was not compulsory. In Singapore, youths have been becoming more concerned about sociopolitical issues since after the General Elections in 2011. However, I believe we have still a lot more to go in terms of …

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What makes a good political leader?

By: Jeraldine Phneah A lot of readers have asked me about my political orientation which they find hard to guess because I am usually quite balanced in my views. As of now, I am 'non partisan' and my beliefs resonates with that of Deng Xiao Ping, "不管黑猫白猫,能捉老鼠就是好猫" (It does not matter if a cat is black or white, as long …

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Should everyone have a college degree?

In August 2012, PM Lee Hsien Loong announced that Singapore would be adding more universities. This will increase current full-time university intake, and enable 40% of each cohort to go to university by 2020, up from 27% today. Back then, I wrote a letter to TODAY expressing my concerns on this matter. Having lived in Europe previously. I questioned if …

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Meritocracy: Romantic idea, poor application

By: Jeraldine Phneah The deficiency of the Singapore education system in ensuring and realizing meritocracy. “We discover, regardless of which society, that in the long run, the rich will marry the rich and their children will have more opportunities. And those who are not rich will form another type of social condition. And that is, those who are not rich and do …

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Reintroduce dialects back into Singapore

By: Jeraldine Phneah For years, English and Mother Tongue ruled the media, while dialects were kept to private conversations at home with one's elderly grandparents and neighbours. Back in 1978, The Goh Report, an evaluation of Singapore’s education system by Dr. Goh Keng Swee, showed that less than 40% of the student population managed to attain the minimum level of competency in two languages. …

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