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What is best primary/high school for children?

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Postby StoneBear » Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:36 pm

A little ball of fur wrote:Singapore law states that ALL children who are Singapore citizens can only attend Singapore local schools.
And shall we place bets that that is what actually happens? Or the law says it and thus it must be true?

A little ball of fur wrote:You have a big chip on your shoulder. Every parent would want their best for their child. You are no exception. Wake up in the real world. You will never get everything you ever want without getting it at the expense of others. If you could live with that. Good for you. But hear this. You are nothing special. So don't put yourself up like you are.
I have a chip on my shoulder? You're the one who is clearly intolerant.

Why do you have to tell me I am not anything special? Do I go around bragging that I am? Or is it normal that you feel belittled when someone crosses your path who is much more direct than you are? That says more about you than it does about me. You don't have to part take in this thread if you don't want to, so perhaps you should go.

As for the expense of others, how is trying to get around a law to benefit your family, in this case, at the expense of anyone? That someone is determined to send their child to a decent private school is somehow costing you? You're clearly making things up because you've got a chip on your shoulder.

A little ball of fur wrote:If you showed a little more humility, people might be a bit kinder and courteous towards you, and probably be a bit more helpful.
I'm humble. And I don't go around criticizing others for no reason, either.

I don't see the problem with finding ways to get what you want. If you don't want to get what you want in life, well... never mind. No hoper.

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Postby StoneBear » Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:50 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Singapore law requires Singapore citizens to school in government schools so that they can be brainwashed accordingly.
This sounds typical. Thailand uses terrible propaganda BS in schools. Drives me damn crazy. I don't get how people can be so stupid to swallow it, also.

I'll find my way around it, in any case. Even if it means I look elsewhere from Singapore.

Thanks to those members who tried to help. I'll be off now.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 24 Apr 2012 1:36 pm

StoneBear wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:You did give me a chuckle, I must admit. Just because you are an athlete, doesn't mean you will always get what you want. Frankly I have to wonder how good of an athlete you really are as in the past, the only imported athletes have always been second or third string in their home countries because Singapore traditionally won't pay the prices for 'good' foreign sportsmen. However, anything above the current level here is an improvement. Another footie player is it?
Singapore pays more than any other country in the world for gold medals. Also imports Olympians and pays them irrespective of whether they win or not.

Sure they do. They have to offer that because they generally import those that the home country's consider 2nd rate. Therefore Singapore has to really dangle a pretty big carrot to try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. That's why Singapore has such a haul of Olympic gold to show for all the imported "talent". I've forgotten what the exact number of Olympic gold medals they have now.......

Oh yeah, now I remember! None. They have won two silver medals.

One in WEIGHTLIFTING but it was won by a Singaporean Chinese, Tan Howe Liang, in 1960. Sad story, he was paid SFA by Singapore. The other Silver was in Table Tennis in the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Jing Jun Hong and Li Jiawei, both Mainland Chinese one of which, Jing, had been here since the 1980's but not given Citizenship until 1994 and Li who was brought here under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme that you are being offered. So far not one of their 2nd rate purchases has produced a winner.

I'm a weightlifter.

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I have my doubts that you will be offered citizenship upon landing here. You will probably be given Permanent Residency first (similar to the old Landed Permanent Resident programme) and then after, say, two years, you will be offered citizenship. As long as you are a PR you wife can stay here on a LTVP. Once the application is filed for citizenship, it will almost have to be a family application. If not, then the Government may well withdraw the invitation if you try to play them for a fool..
Chinese have been playing Singapore for fools for years. It hasn't changed anything.

Citizenship is given to athletes immediately. The reason is you need to be a national to compete.

Only if recruited under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme - not all are offered it.

You should understand that all these immigration laws are words in the wind.

As far as your question not having been answered, if your child is only 2, my original post still stands. The rankings of schools changes on a yearly bases, so three years before schooling starts is a wee bit too soon. As far as which International School is the best, it depends on where the child will be completing their education. This is why Singaporean Children are not generally allowed to go to International Schools unless the parents have already immigrated, or have been accepted for immigration and can document it to the MOE. Then or in the handicapped child scenario I pointed out earlier. The problem is that the International Schools are geared for the style of education of the home country of child. So what may be good for one child may not be suitable for another. In fact, I don't think there are any rankings for International Schools for that very reason. Local schools all have to use the same curriculum so the best schools are often subjective based on Kiasu Singaporean parents perceived values.

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Postby StoneBear » Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:25 am

Gods blood. I'm starting to think NIST in Bangkok might be better after all. I thought Singapore would have outstanding education.

I didn't get the answer I was after, even but I thought it was pretty straight forward. Learned some things, though. Sounds like Singapore has a lot more problems than I first thought.

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