Ong Ye Kung Adopts SDP’s Proposal to Abolish Streaming

In announcing that the Education Ministry will abandon streaming by 2024, Mr Ong Ye Kung has shown that the PAP is following the SDP’s lead again.

In our policy proposal Educating for Creativity and Equality: An Agenda for Transformation, the SDP wrote:

“Therefore under the SDP’s education plan, the PSLE will be removed and students entering secondary school will not be streamed. Streaming of students will be done at an appropriate age after cognitive functions have more or less fully developed, not before.” (Chap 5, pg 58, please click here to read the paper in full.)

In fact, the PAP is 25 years late. In our manifesto Dare To Change: An Alternative Vision for Singapore published in 1994, Dr Chee Soon Juan wrote:

“A major problem of streaming is something called labelling. This perverse effect of self-fulfilling prophecy is even more evident in children… It is not difficult for children [in lower streams] to feel less valued as well as for others to feel similarly towards them.”

In announcing the new policy yesterday in Parliament, Mr Ong said: ““More importantly, entering a stream that is considered ‘lower’ can carry a certain stigma or be self-limiting, Students can develop a mindset where they tell themselves, ‘I am only a Normal stream student, so this is as good as I can be.’ It becomes self-fulfilling.”

SDP welcomes the PAP’s coming to the light and abolishing streaming in schools.

We pride ourselves of being a constructive and responsible opposition party. This episode is a prime example of what we strive to be – an opposition party with a bold vision and viable alternative policies for Singapore.

It is not the first time that the PAP has followed our lead. There have been several instances in the past where the PAP has adopted our ideas such as on taxes, minimum wage, employing Singaporeans first, etc.

But it has a habit of criticising the SDP’s proposals first especially during elections, only to copy and adopt our ideas later. For details on this matter, please click on First the criticise, then they copy.

So at the next elections when its candidates start their ritual of bashing the SDP and saying that the our ideas are not workable (or worse, that the SDP does not have any alternative proposals), Singaporeans should remember Mr Ong Ye Kung, and tell him and his mates not to be hypocrites.

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25 Responses to “Ong Ye Kung Adopts SDP’s Proposal to Abolish Streaming”

  • Tatman:

    Shouldn’t they (the PAP) be held accountable for those elitist streaming systems back in 1994, causing the slow learning students who landed on those treacherous streams being looked upon by their teachers and other students from higher streams, their friends, and even by their own parents and relatives.

    *Primary schools: EM1, EM2, EM3 (the worst)
    *Secondary Schools: Special, Express, Normal (Academic), Normal (Technical) (the worst)

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  • Tatman:

    …and to add on to the insult, the male ones still have to serve National Service for the very ones who ruined them.

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  • Bobo:

    “Copy cat, go home and let your mother slap”. But it happened 25 years later. The mother may be too old to do it, so who should do it on behalf?

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  • The Other Hard Truths:

    They are Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves…

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    This illustrates a crucial point for freedom contra autocracy. When Goh Keng Swee and his smart boys, seconded from MOD to MOE, started this streaming years ago, there were already sounded by the more daring all these reasons why streaming might be counter-productive to true learning and education. Goh bull-dozed the scheme through, supported by the media and all, and subsequent Ministers, like Tony Tan, carried it on, with only cosmetic modifications. If only Goh and his likes would listen, rather than having those who dared to proffer differing views feeling threatened. It’s like the “stop at two” policy of LKY’s. After all the mass eliminating of would-be off-springs of, yes, of those who voted for and trusted LKY and the PAP, we find ourselves today desperately replacing their would-be very own with children of foreigners. The classic case for liberalism, for heeding diversity of views, is that nobody can claim monopoly of knowing the truth, of the present or future. Therefore, “more haste, less speed”. Have that “democratic process” before you “leap”. Pitfalls, such as those two exemplified, would at least have been tempered somewhat as to their now admitted terrible effects.

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  • problem of a pliant parLEEment:

    look carefully, it is still streaming by another name.

    general 1, general 2, general 3 are still streaming.

    UNLESS going to JC and then U and getting scholarships are on the basis of an A score regardless of general 1, 2, 3 banding.

    to put it in another way.

    UNLESS ah beng scores straight As general 1 = ah fah straight As general 2 = ah kua straight As general 3, that is, straight As in general 1, 2, 3 get the same weight in JC and U admissions and scholarship awards, the general 1, 2, 3 are just streaming by another name.

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  • WakeupSG:

    We can prevent such delays or best ideas timely adoption if we have at least 2 parties well represented in parliament to come out with best policies in education, transport, healthcare, social welfare, foreign affairs, etc instead of just having 1 dominant party with 1 sided idea!

    Let’s learn from this case!

    Deny PAP two thirds majority votes this coming GE!

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  • shameless miws:

    once again they stole Dr Chee’s plans /idea.
    no bloody shame these miws.

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  • Well done SDP:

    Well done SDP for publicizing this.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Streaming is nothing more than a caste system or social stratification from birth.
    What is different to $G than India? Nothing.

    $G society is about the political caste built on a few wealthy well-connected making sure they have worker class that can never climb up from birth but serves everyone else. In between you have the FT.

    The workers are poor so their children will also not perform well and join their fathers as low class labourers – just like India the caste system is from father to son.

    Perfect system. Even the workers will vote to keep their own caste system.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Also one more thing – why 2024?

    Because this is when $G will be full of FT. The rules are changed for FT to climb up and have their share of the top positions.

    Still think gahmen suddenly doing things for you? Think again.
    After 2024 locals will still be at the bottom.

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  • LIONS:

    EVERSINCE,AFTER THE OLD GUARDS STEPPED DOWN,THE EXPENSIVE SCHOLARS HAVE BEEN STEALING OTHER PEOPLE’S IDEAS TO CLAIM AS THEIR OWN,WHATS NEW?

    THESE BLOKE$ HAVE ZERO IDEA.
    THEY ARE GROPING N ‘RAPING’ OTHER PPL’S IDEAS LIKE FROM SDP.

    WHEN SDP PUBLISH THEIR IDEAS,THESE SCHOLARS CRITICISED LIKE HELL BUT THINKING THAT EVERYONE HAS FORGOTTEN,CLAIM THESE IDEAS TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK CLEVER?

    LMAO! SCHOALRS,WHAT SCHOLARS,BETTER GO TO STUDY ECONOMICS 101 FROM PROF LIM CHONG YAH.

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  • Kick Out Corrupt PAP:

    The country wouldn’t be in such mess had the parliament been more balanced, checks, with contest of ideas from a diversified group.
    If PAP has the country’s well being at top priority, they will not be overly fixated at fixing dissent and criticisms. If the PAP is as good as it said, then they will be open to the best player taking the job, as they could similarly find comparable alternative careers.
    If sound policies have been readily adopted, even from oppositions, the country wouldn’t be in such shape, progress much further rather than max-out, truly punching above our weight. Our foreign policies wouldn’t be in such mess, degenerated into a contest of egos by young upstart PAP ministars.
    Singapore is increasing being isolated by countries that matter to us most.

    On the contrary, it is precisely they oversold what they could do, to get an obscene salary not representative of their capability and experience that they have to fix any oppositions, lie or misrepresent to hide the truths, downplay failures, feed the cronies to prop up support and power, that bring the country into a huge mess of no return.
    Greed has infected the party, perhaps it’s a convenient means to patch huge losses elsewhere.
    Dafts will never know, unless they muster the will to seek out the truth with a regime change.

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  • nihon:

    the papigs stole the universal copay healthcare insurance and changed it the dubious medishield life BUT with v expensive premiums and made monies. a good idea become bad when implemented by the white scums.

    I wrote white scums in facebook n they banned me, is it cos white man doesn’t like to be called scums?

    BUT I was referring to white scums in sg.

    no streaming BUT have bands, so any change?

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  • We Are Not Stupid:

    This change is 25 years late.
    SDP’s Dr Chee wrote about streaming in 1994 in one of his books.

    PAP can’t acknowledge the failure or change it sooner because the self paid millionaires hedged their obscene salaries to infallibility, the very reason that they deserve out of the world’s pay, much more than the combined salaries of top seven OECD countries, including such major powers as US Germany and Japan.

    The truth is simple, extreme Greed, “when one can get away with the money, why not” is the mantra. The fixation on staying in power is to further enrich and cover the tracks of deep failures and misdeeds.

    Just take one simple question, How much is left in the Reserves?
    Why can’t PAP show and answer that convincingly??
    If something is not fishy, why go to the clownish extent of lying and installing a fake Malay president?

    PAP is now bordering a very dangerous line , of stretching the goodwill of the nice citizens. The zero value HDB asset enhancement could be the last straw.
    Lots of retirement life savings are affected.
    Have the PAP become too arrogant for its own survival?

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  • LIONS:

    OYK is just another blur cocky bloke.
    When he screws up,he will blame it on SDP?
    LOL!

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  • CPF Issue in a nutshell:

    The naive parents too busy working to make ends meet will never know it was SDP .

    Democracy is only as stupid or smart as the voters.
    You brainwash the voters you get a win.
    Democracy is fundamentally flawed due to the weakest link.

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  • Shits r shiyd:

    Too many shits n shits were, are n will alaways be shits. They should be treated like so when human flush them thru the toilet bowl into the sewer

    s r bad but arrogant n self gratifying self glorifying r worse even the sewer would be fouled up
    Get rid off yhede arrogant parasites!

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  • LIONS:

    why bother with abolishing streaming?
    some are good at arts,some sciences,others technical?

    what you should ABOLISH IS SAP SCHOOLS which produce students who are ARROGANT LIKE YOU N YOUR COLLEAGUES.
    In old days,our principal told us to HELP EACH OTHER ESPECIALLY THE POORER STUDENTS,leber mind which stream!

    nowadays,even WEAKER SG studenTS kena ‘YOU DIE,YOUR BUSINESS’???

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  • now a Student Package?:

    all these ‘good news’ only when GE approaching.

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  • now a Student Package?:

    all these ‘good news’ only when GE approaching.

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  • Mike:

    The streaming is not being Abolished but fine-tuned to a subject level.

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  • At long last...:

    Ong Ye Kung is on the right track. Give him time to straighten things out. He is doing what needs be done. Streaming is a silly policy of segregation.

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  • Mike:

    Time is what we no longer have in luxury amount.

    Education budget was cut? How do we come to conclusion that it is in the right direction?

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  • Not enough:

    Must also abolish laughable “gifted programme”. Having plenty of private tuition to be exam-smart is not really “gifted”.

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