Voices Of Youth

​More can be done to fight inequality

I was heartened to read that more steps are being taken to address inequality in Singapore (Closer look at meritocracy needed to address inequality; Feb 28).

Meritocracy has helped Singapore progress to our current success level, but we should always keep in mind that we should support each and every member of our society, for a society is only as strong as its weakest link.

While the basis of merit seems to set an equal playing field, this same system may neglect those who have tried equally hard, but are still unsuccessful because of the unchangeable environment they are in.

Some students, for example, grow up in an environment where they have to work to bring in money for the family, and thus end up having insufficient energy for their studies.

It is beyond their means to do well in both areas, even with sheer determination and perseverance.

These are real, urgent needs that have to be tackled.

I believe that addressing such inequalities will help reduce the weight these children have to bear while running the same life marathon as every other child in society.

Having a little more support can help them realise their full potential.

Raena Leang Ju Qin, 16

Junior College Year 1 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline '​More can be done to fight inequality'. Print Edition | Subscribe