Time to face up to our own prejudice and grade shaming

Ending the Express and Normal streams is one step. More vital for meaningful change is to confront our own prejudice.

I remember the day N-level examination results were released in 1990. I was then in Secondary 1 in the top Special stream of an elite school. My beloved elder brother was in the Normal stream expecting his results. My classmates taunted me, reminding me that he would be getting his results that day. I felt they looked down on him - and me by association.

I complained to my brother about my insensitive, snobbish classmates. They would never be my friends, I assured him. He shrugged it off. Just ignore them, he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'Time to face up to our own prejudice and grade shaming'. Print Edition | Subscribe