The Straits Times
Published on Nov 24, 2012

Why success stories deserve telling


THE Education Ministry should not stop naming the best performers in the Primary School Leaving Examination because it will not deter parents from pressuring their children to do well ("MOE stops naming top students"; Wednesday).

I look forward to reading stories about the top performers in The Straits Times every year, but not because of individual glorification.

It is the human interest stories telling of sheer diligence, tenacity and consistency by pupils who have laboured throughout the year that I relish.

What touches me even more is when I read stories about pupils who succeeded despite the odds; when they managed to stay focused on the exam and score despite adverse socio-economic conditions.

Their achievements shine a light on the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty or personal adversity - life lessons for citizens of all ages.

For me, these stories are real and should be celebrated and publicised to encourage everyone to reach for the sky.

Lee Kiat Chin (Ms)