Ich bin ein Singaporean

  FSaaM would like to welcome our newest writer, Yan An. Here is are some of her first thoughts on being a Singaporean who’s studying German.   My second year at a tiny American liberal arts college, I decided I would major in German Studies. Pretty much everyone I knew in Singapore told me it […]

Singapore education reform on the horizon

This year’s NDR goodies should give parents, teachers, and students a reason to rejoice! But is this really the case? Let’s unpack and see what we have here: 1. Including home-schoolers, madrasah and overseas students in Edusave coverage (previously only for those studying in MOE-recognised local institutions).  It’s great that the government is starting to […]

Making tertiary education work

A fellow university student from China once told me during our orientation at NTU that Chinese students perceived NTU to be a ‘dumping ground’ of sorts because Chinese nationals aspire to attend top varsities such as Zhejiang University and Peking University and only apply to NUS when they haven’t been accepted elsewhere. And if they […]

Young, educated, and unemployed

I was in Sentosa over the last weekend and bumped into crowds of university freshies going about their orientation activities, and it suddenly hit me that it has been five years since I left school. How time flies! It honestly doesn’t feel that long ago when I was still whiling away in Europe on my […]

Strawberry Generation

The Pendulum of Governance – Educational Reform

In this article, I wish to urge the need for individual family units to take the initiative to assist with our obligatory school system to nurture a more holistic learning journey for our students who are studying in Singapore. While the pendulum of governance in the light of education has always been recognised as a […]

Is scrapping the PSLE really the best solution?

  The past few days have seen heated debates on whether the PSLE (read: bane of all 12-year-olds in Singapore) should be scrapped. The most fervent supporters of scrapping the PSLE have been from concerned parents, many of whom are “bearing the brunt” of prepping their children for the dreaded exam. Understandably, the PSLE has […]