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An education system to build confidence and cohesion amid stiff global competition

Education must be preserved as an uplifting force for all Singaporeans, says the writer. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
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SINGAPORE - While Singapore's education system has won global praise, it faces two challenges: preparing Singaporeans for the future economy, and sustaining social mobility even as the well-off are better able to give their children a head start.

It has sometimes been criticised for locking Singaporeans into fixed pathways from a young age, and inadvertently stigmatising poor performers or reinforcing structural factors such as family socio-economic background.

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