Not I say one. You think what? I will dare to contradict the title of this book. You have got to be kidding me. But this is the boldest that I have seen in The Straits Times in a long time.
Singaporean writer, Gerrie Lim had this to say in an interview with our esteemed newspaper today…
“Singapore is basically a country that likes to think of itself as a First World country. But it's not. It's really a Third World country that pretends to be a First World country”
That should warrant response by the highest echelons…. :) Talking about the education system here during the 1970s, he said,
“The school system here sucked. If you asked a question that was not part of what the teacher put on the board, she would say: 'It's not in the syllabus, you don't need to know.' How stupid is that?”
Ministry of Education, is this true? If not, surely we can have a rejoinder :)
"I didn't really want to do a degree here. I just couldn't see myself fitting into NUS. Yuck!"
He criticized NUS you know, a world Top 20 institution.
A point-for-point rebuttal expected, Singapore style :)
18 Dec 2005
I couldn't find the original article (or, rather couldn't access ST as it has to be paid for) but only this blog post.
Posted by pleinelune at 12/18/2005 02:15:00 pm