Let go of idea of 'elite' schools

As a student, I , like many others, feel the stress that parents constantly put on us to go to a good and "elite" school.

This is even after former minister of education Heng Swee Kiat has said that every school is a good school that brings out the best in every student.

However, parents clearly do not share the same sentiment. They want their children to be the best of the best, by studying in the schools that produce the top scorers.

Many have the idea that grades are all that matter for one to get a good job. But not all students are the same. Each has his own talents, but our culture focuses on only grades.

Students from schools should be given equal opportunities. This will allow every student to be able to excel in what they like to do.

Companies should also look at other aspects of potential employees, instead of the school they come from and the grades they scored. They could look at what the candidates aspire to do, and how they want to do it.

This will remove the idea of "elite" schools and allow students to go to schools based on their interests.

Joshua Law Bing Han,14

Secondary 3 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'Let go of idea of 'elite' schools'. Print Edition | Subscribe