Voices Of Youth

Elite school may not be a good school

A school may have a reputation of being a top or elite school, but does this always translate to a top-quality education system in that school?

Raffles Institution, for example, is an "elite" school. It consistently produces many scholarship recipients and outstanding academic performances.

Its graduates are also able to pursue higher education at prestigious universities around the world.

Does this mean it is a good school? Does it put in as much effort to nurture and educate its students? Perhaps it is simply a school that recruits the brightest students.

In my view, a high-quality education system surpasses the branding of a school.

Such a system transforms an average student into a top-performing individual in his field, who aspires to contribute positively to society.

Thus, a school that instils students with the drive to be better and continuously upgrade themselves is equally, if not more, important than being an elite school.

Asher Tan Shu Jie, 13, Secondary 1 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'Elite school may not be a good school'. Print Edition | Subscribe