Call to allow more students to take higher Chinese
More Singaporeans will embrace language and culture, says a teachers' union chief
Allowing more students to study higher Chinese will boost the language and culture here, suggested Singapore Chinese Teachers' Union (SCTU) president Lian Hwee Eng yesterday.
Speaking at the union's 60th anniversary celebrations in Pasir Ris, she urged for restrictions to be eased. Currently, only pupils who do well in the Primary School Leaving Examination can opt to take higher Chinese in secondary schools.
"Some primary school pupils may be good in Chinese, but because their English or mathematics is not good they are encouraged to forgo higher Chinese to put more time into those subjects," she said.
Her suggestion was one of many raised yesterday to encourage more Singaporeans to embrace Chinese language and culture.