Someone agrees with me!Looks like there is someone with agrees with me on the lack of racial mixing in our primary and secondary schools. I wonder what MOE's reply will be.
Feb 22, 2006
Would MOE have racial quotas for schools?
THE issue of racial quotas for HDB blocks has been defended robustly by the Government and justifiably so.
Creating an environment where the different races coexist peacefully with opportunities for interaction is of paramount importance. The correctness of this policy is undeniable. Equally vital is the avoidance of racial enclaves.
When it comes to primary schools, however, it seems to be a totally different matter. Within my neighbourhood, there are some primary schools which are almost exclusively Chinese, while some have disproportionately high numbers of Malay pupils. In fact, one may not be faulted for labelling some of them as 'Chinese' schools. One wonders how realistic the lessons on racial harmony are for pupils in these schools.
What's disturbing is the attitude of the parents. A major factor affecting their choice of a primary school is racial composition. Certain schools are eschewed by Chinese parents because there are 'too many Malays' while Malay parents prefer to enrol their children in these very schools for the same reason.
This situation should not be tolerated as racial biases are usually formed during one's formative years and tend to become irrationally entrenched. Would the Ministry of Education consider implementing racial quotas for primary schools?
Teo Teck Seng