Making local schools more accessible would increase diversity

Miss Jong Ching Yee used Britain as an example in her argument that higher fees for foreign students are the norm abroad ("Higher fees for foreign students a norm abroad"; Oct 13).

In Britain, education at state schools is provided by the government at no cost to British citizens and foreigners legally living in Britain. These schools are effectively funded by taxes.

There are also benefits to Singapore's schools in opening up to foreign and permanent resident students: The diversity of experience and background that foreign students bring can enhance education for Singaporean children.

Giles Holtby