3/9/11 12:46 pm - Duped
This is too hilarious.
So the day finally came when we all received our A level results. And though I won't speak for others, my results were mediocre. Maybe slightly less than that. And even with the amount of effort and time I dumped into studying for that paper slip, I don't feel justified at all. It's ridiculous how this meritocratic system works, especially in Singapore. No one would even know if they've been marked fairly in the first place and if the bell-curve accurately substantiates the hard work you put into studying for your exams. And GP could be easily based on the markers' perspective and if it's different from yours, you're screwed.
It's upsetting to know that your worth in Singapore is based on a piece of certificate that determines the next few years of your life, be it an uphill or a down slope. And everyone knows the standards here are abnormally high. I wonder if the government have ever thought about their "Gen-Y" with sincere care about our situation and future instead of over emphasizing on how foreigners are key to our economic growth. Apart from the top-ranking schools, many JC and most poly students find themselves paying a hefty sum in private schools and ironically overseas as well, simply because they are "not good enough" when by actual fact, they are. In most cases, it is not that students did not work hard enough, but rather they are competing with the world from their very own country. Unfortunate or not, they are just not smart enough and it's not their fault because they've tried.
Even if we did make it to one of the local universities here, the future job prospects are not even high. What makes it worse is that the education system forces everyone to decide what they want to be in life at a tender age of 18 when they are rarely exposed to what the world has to offer, leading to wasteful time studying something only because "it's practical." Sadly today, most working Singaporeans are sandwiched between "expats" who can't make it in their own country and ultra-smart scholars seeking a better life, both of which would end up contributing not to Singapore, but back to their own families in other countries. Many are also squeezed out of the private sector (not that the public sector is all that bad), they honestly deserve something more than that. Why is the government so continuously desperate for foreigners' help in the first place? Aren't our living standards high enough and in fact more than decent? Even if it does benefit Singapore, the only people receiving the advantages are the rich and smart ones, putting many average Singaporeans at a setback, again. Obviously further displacing the level of income inequality in Singapore. Maybe a smart ass who knows 100% the detailed concept of how Singapore functions would think I'm being shallow but I'm sure this is what many people my age would feel as well.
Ultimately, why are we obliged to struggle so hard and compete among each other when there's so much more to life than this loathsome academia?