Make all students take social studies

I agree with the writer ("A welcome lesson in critical thinking"; Jan 21) that students from the Integrated Programme (IP) need to be au fait with Singapore's history, in particular local affairs relating to the country's history.

It does not make sense that students on the O-level track have to take the social studies subject but IP students do not.

This is especially as the revamp of the social studies syllabus is a positive step towards ensuring that the future leaders of our nation have a good knowledge of the history of Singapore since independence, and how the country became a First World economy within the short span of 50 years.

The Ministry of Education should share the reasons for not requiring IP students to take the subject - they can only benefit from the course as well.

Tan Teck Huat