Question - Are SAP schools contrary to the country's efforts to build an inclusive society?.
Heng - SAP schools remain important in Singapore's education landscape.
My comment - So are they contrary or not? That's still not answered!
See if you can find Heng Swee Keat's answer in the article below.
SAP schools still important: Heng Swee Keat
SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools understand the need for students to have opportunities for inter-ethnic interaction and engagement with students from other schools.
They have made special efforts to promote such interaction and engagement.
These include introducing the Conversational Malay Programme as an elective to enable the students to communicate with Malay-speaking peers.
These schools have also ensured that there are adequate opportunities for interactions with students from other schools through community involvement projects, inter-school, cluster-based and community-based activities.
Mr Heng was replying to Pasir-Ris Punggol Group Representation Constituency's Member of Parliament, Gan Thiam Poh, who questioned the challenges faced in offering non-Chinese mother tongue languages in SAP schools and whether they are contrary to the country's efforts to build an inclusive society.
Mr Heng also stressed that SAP schools remain important in Singapore's education landscape.
So what is so important in the Singapore education landscape that SAP has to exist? That we maintain an elite group of bilinguals (read as proficient in English and Mandarin and not English and any other language), so that we maintain our "Chinese-ness", whatever that "Chinese-ness" mean?
SAP goes against the very grain of PAPpy's hypocritical racial integration programme. Has not the discriminatory HDB race quota been used by PAP as an excuse for races to integrate? So if it is so important that race quota be met in HDB flats, why is it not the same for schools? I have written how HDB quota system is discriminatory. (See links below)
SAP is racially discriminatory -
It is discriminatory because:
1. It disqualifies those who do not take Chinese as Mother Tongue. No need to tell you that it is the non-Chinese here who are discriminated.
2. SAP receives lots of financial aid from govt, which of course many non-Chinese will not qualify.
3. Many of the top performing schools are SAP, again disqualifying top non-Chinese students from being enrolled in SAP.
4. Isn't this just a subtle way of discriminating non-Chinese?
Heck, many of PAP's policies are racially discriminatory -
Many of PAP's policies are downright racist. The SAP programme is just one of them. I have written quite a few articles about other racist policies in Singapore. In summary, here they are:
Time to show sincerity on integration - remove CDAC, Mendaki, Sinda and form one big S'pore Fund
On CDAC, Mendaki, Sinda and the highly racially divisive funds - If I told you Singapore has racist policies, would you believe me?
On HDB Race Quota - Racial Quota for HDB is for PAP to stay in power – and it is racially discriminatory
I mentioned the racist SAP education and racist "race" category on our ICs over here - More crap from Old Man Lee – what integration talking he?
On CDAC, Mendaki, Sinda again - Singapore's Racist Policy to continue
HDB Race Quota again - Racist HDB Quota Policy begins to show its Effect
On the issue of Mother Tongue. Note the highly racist skew in the arguments offered - PAP's Racist MT Policy, Part 1 - The Sidelining of other Races and Cultures
MT, Part 2 here - PAP's Racist MT Policy, Part 2 - PAP is forcing Han Culture, not Chinese Culture, on us
Another one on the MT issue - Chinese Chauvinism Rampant at Heart of MT Issue
Mr Heng was posed a tough and sensitive question. A question that actually pushes the boundary of admitting that there is racism in Singapore. Heng, like any other politician, answers that question without answering that question.