I have a Filipino friend who is currently pursuing a diploma in engineering science. He finished his first semester with a grade point average of 3.92.
However, his goal in secondary school was to study in a junior college after taking the GCE O-level exams. He did not qualify to enrol in a junior college after attaining an F9 grade in Japanese.
He had to study Japanese as Tagalog is not offered as a second language subject in Singapore.
However, as a Filipino, he should already be considered bilingual and the education system should not force him, and many others facing the same situation, to take up a totally foreign subject at the secondary school level. The Ministry of Education should relook this policy.
Lim Si En, 17
Junior College Year 1 student