Streams apart

Has streaming run its course?

The policy is in the spotlight after an OECD report highlighted that nearly half of low-income students here are concentrated in the same schools. Insight reports.

Dr Chua Koon Ting with his mother, Madam Amy Chong, 57, at his dental clinic in Yishun. Life was tough for Dr Chua in his younger years, after his father died when he was 12 and his mother had to toil at two jobs to make ends meet.
Dr Chua Koon Ting with his mother, Madam Amy Chong, 57, at his dental clinic in Yishun. Life was tough for Dr Chua in his younger years, after his father died when he was 12 and his mother had to toil at two jobs to make ends meet.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

He was a Normal stream kid who became a dentist.

Dr Chua Koon Ting, founder of a chain of four dental clinics, lost his father to cancer when he was 12, and with his mum toiling at two jobs to make ends meet, he did poorly at school.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'Has streaming run its course?'. Print Edition | Subscribe