You know what Singapore really needs? A complete overhaul in the education system! Stupid system has to stop trying to fit squares inside a circle and expect a perfect fit! Stop importing talent when your talent is already here in the form of children and young adults, thirsty for knowledge but unable to pursue their areas of interest and passion because there is absolutely no room to pursue anything if you don’t ace your Maths or Science subjects.
Naturally when you don’t give this group of people an opportunity, there will be bitterness and resentment, followed by the desire to immigrate to a place where their skills and talents could be put to good use; when corporations cannot get the talent that they need, they have to start looking elsewhere; and so, it becomes a vicious cycle.
Look at all the people whom you label as ‘low-skilled’ labour, doing ‘menial’ work. Have you ever thought what would it have been like, if these people were groomed from the start to excel in their areas of interest? That tattooed gangster who fared badly at Math but loved to draw and paint could have been heading his own creative agency now. That girl who loves to debate about current affairs but has very little education and works as a shop assistant could have been a famous lawyer now.
Haven’t you heard some parents and grandparents say that if they had been given the opportunity, they would have definitely studied more?
And here we are, young Singaporeans with a thirst for knowledge and burning desire to pursue our passion, and yet, we are held back from applying to our favourite courses in Poly and Uni BECAUSE SOMEONE DECIDED THAT IF YOU DON’T PASS MATHS, YOU CANNOT ENTER THE INSTITUTION BECAUSE GRADES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAT PASSION!
And then some people accuse us of being quitters when we decide to leave, just because other places value our talent and take us in when our own country couldn’t give a shit.