“I Not Stupid” – Singapore Educational System

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Brian Lo

“I Not Stupid” in English narration is refered to “Children are not stupid”, this is a distinctive Singaporean comedy film which narrates about the lives, struggles and adventures of three Primary Six school fellows who are studying in the academically inferior EM3 stream. In 2002, this film has officially released in domestic cinemas and earned over the 3.8 million Singapore Dollars, which was rated as into the second-highest grossing Singaporean film. In relation to the cultural context of this film, this movie comprises various of serious and significant topics for instance, relationships in family and between friends, educational system and government policies in Singapore. Even though this is a comedy film, however the content is exceptionally inspiring and encourages the audience to consider and understand different aspects of Singaporean culture.

Based on the movie; “I Not Stupid”, the viewers would be able to recognise that Singapore is still rapidly developing and transforming from an ordinary urban to a modern industrial leading country in Asia-Pacific region (Young Singapore 2017 and OECD 2010). Throughout the past decade, Singapore’s education system has maintained its status and standard at or close to the top of most major world education level (OECD 2010). Within the country; Singapore, education would be recognised as the “central to building both the economy and the nation” (OECD 2010). Since the Singapore government has the ability to fulfill the requests and needs in education system and they are convinced of the existence of skills and knowledge would be the origin of aspects and also become crucial competitive advantages.

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In light of this, more researches have been developed in order to discover and understand Singapore education system further. All the children in this nation would be legible to receive a minimum of 10 years of education and their teaching instruction is “highly-scripted and uniform across all levels and subjects” (Nayak 2016). According to Professor Hogan (2014) from the University of Queensland, he has mentioned that Singapore’s education system is “the product of a distinctive, even unique, set of historical, institutional and cultural influences.” Moreover, the learning and teaching standard/ quality is monitored and prescribed but the Singapore’s national curriculum, which has emphasized and enhanced the nation’s education policy. In addition, “schools play a significant and remarkable role within the Singapore community, encourage to delivery the Singaporean values, characteristic and cultural identity.

In order to refer the Singapore teaching curriculum as “education system”, “or “arrangement”, it would be appropriate to consider this as mental strength support that enhances the student holistic developments. In another term, this education system is a belief, which allows them to utilise their knowledge into practical tasks and also maximise their potentials at the most.

Reference:

Hogan, D. 2014, Why is singapore’s school system so successful, and is it a model for the west?, The Conversation Media Group Ltd., viewed 20 January 2017, <http://theconversation.com/why-is-singapores-school-system-so-successful-and-is-it-a-model-for-the-west-22917>.

Nayak, S. 2016, Singapore schools: ‘the best education system in the world’ putting significant stress on young children, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, viewed 20 January 2017, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-06/best-education-system-putting-stress-on-singaporean-children/6831964>.

OECD 2010, Singapore: rapid Improvement followed by strong performance, viewed 19 January 2017, .

Young Singapore 2017, About Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, viewed 19 January 2017, <http://www.yoursingapore.com/travel-guide-tips/about-singapore.html>.

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