Retain options in education system

I do not agree with abolishing the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school system just because it could discourage non-Chinese from enrolling ("Time to end SAP school system" by Mr Teo Tze Wei; Monday).

On the contrary, it should be seen as an option for parents who wish for their children to have a good appreciation of the Chinese culture and language, just like how some Muslims want their children to be knowledgeable about Islam and, thus, send them to madrasahs.

Furthermore, enrolment in SAP schools does not require one to be Chinese - anyone is welcome to enrol.

The worries over reduced interaction among races are unfounded, as students will be exposed to people of all races in junior college and tertiary education, as well as national service for the boys.

Having more options in the education system is always better, as long as our social fabric is not undermined.

Rodney Neo Eng Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2016, with the headline 'Retain options in education system'. Print Edition | Subscribe