Reading EastCoastLife's post I got a bit worked up when i read:
Well, the boys were accepted by Bedok North Secondary School by the Vice-principal Mrs Kong Chai Eng, although they failed their entrance tests. For a donation of S$5000 each. Another 2 China students Deng Li and Zhang Leixin paid S$10,000 each, both their English language scores were below 25%. Scores were altered to attain a 50% pass. Both were admitted to Express stream. David and Zhang Leixin were accepted for Secondary 1 Express classes even before the PSLE secondary school posting was out. They were asked to report to school on 6th January 2003 to avoid suspicion. :)
We, Singaporeans, have to go to good school via meritocracy (spelt right?). We have to ballot for primary 1 education, get into a secondary school via PSLE and then tertiary via "O" levels and then "A" level while people, from other country, can just skip PSLE and get into our secondary Express???!!
Frankly speaking there is nothing wrong with CIVIL SERVICE and ITS RULES AND REGULATION. The wrong goes into the people running the system at the "operations level" when "Authority" was given to them to make certain level of decision. Its an application to enter our education system for christ sake. What application are we talking about when MOE staff accept results without verification? And while EDB is talking about making us an education HUB, MOE is indirectly bringing the system's standard down. World class education? No doubt. World class educator? Not anymore. That's the implication when Principals and their vice made such wrong decisions!
So maybe i have a question for the education systems here. If I can donate 20k a year to NUS, can my kids enter NUS at a age of 10 years old? Its going to be a joke to our system here. Why do we need an entry exam when people can just buy their way in? And why do we ballot or do PSLE and O levels while people can buy their way into a place in a school and in express streams? What is our education guideline? What made us an education hub with top class education systems and "educators"? *ponders*