End of streaming in schools: Changes better late than never, says director Jack Neo

Film-maker Jack Neo directed the 2002 hit film I Not Stupid, which sought to address the social stigma and other issues related to streaming. "People already felt then that streaming didn't seem right... The invisible effects were very serious. Stude
Film-maker Jack Neo directed the 2002 hit film I Not Stupid, which sought to address the social stigma and other issues related to streaming. "People already felt then that streaming didn't seem right... The invisible effects were very serious. Students were being demoralised, limiting themselves," he says.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

Film-maker Jack Neo was surprised when the Ministry of Education announced on March 5 that it would remove the Normal and Express streams in secondary schools.

After all, almost two decades have gone by since he called out the negative effects of academic streaming in his hit movie I Not Stupid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Education changes better late than never, says director Jack Neo'. Print Edition | Subscribe