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2/29/2008

Upgrading the quality of education

According to an article in MyPaper today, a parent sent an email to them talking about Sec One students in Maris Stella High are now expected to purchase a $2k MacBook for their personal use. The school has this motto, 'One student, one computer, one great way to learn.' The laptop actually cost between $2277 for a basic model and $2,672 for an upgraded model. The students will definitely be more computer literate and can access to all the websites in cyberspace. It is a bit heavy for a Sec One student to lug along though, and a bit of money to lay hand to one.

15 comments:

Elfred said...

Hahahaha... But some will definitely make BIG money, at the expense of Singaporeans...

Hahaha... Sigh... ...

It's the same old dusty: You can afford it. :D

redbean said...

i can only afford a laptop that cost me less than $1k.

i hope the kids carrying the macbook will not become magnets of robbery or snatch thieves.

Anonymous said...

In Singapore nothing is not affordable they will tell you. Just like university education, just borrow from the banks, so any fee increase is affordable. HDB flats are affordable at whatever price, just borrow from the banks. So a $2K plus laptop is very affordable.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Many private schools in Aust have a laptop requirement for students.

Parents—Stop whining. Get with the times. You need the right amount of money to bring up the children you chose to have—it is not someone else's responsibility, it is yours.

Don't wanna pay? Cheapskate? Fine. send your "precious babies" to a shitty govt school like Raffles Institution. You don't deserve to be in Maris Stella.

redbean said...

i feel very sorry to the many undergrads that have to take a loan to pay for their fees. before even graduating they are already in debt. and worst, what do they expect to be on graduation?

a computer is a good thing to have. it is not cheap though and many parents cannot afford it. imagine if the parents squeezed out some money, beg or borrow, to buy the laptop and the child drops it or lost it?

try lugging one to work everyday? these are children. many have not reach puberty and some skinny little boys or girls.

the parents complained that the child spent more time playing computer games.

Matilah_Singapura said...

> i feel very sorry to the many undergrads that have to take a loan to pay for their fees. <

I don't have such nonsense emotions.

To me, I hope they are grateful that there is someone willing to LEND THEM the money for education.

Education, is to their benefit. Therefore it is right and proper that they pay for it.

> a computer is a good thing to have. it is not cheap though and many parents cannot afford it. <

Exactly. It is a "good thing" to have. Therefore it costs money. Value is what you get. Price is what you pay.

> many have not reach puberty and some skinny little boys or girls. <

Ah fucking bullshit. I'm not so soft on the kids—you disrespect our grandparents. My grandfather used to walk to school and home carrying a heavy bag of books

Anonymous said...

the apple shops shud get the students to open credit accounts and to pay by installments, or when they get the hands on their educ endowment. that way, they can buy a computer for $0 cash.

redbean said...

dun bullshit lah matilah. your grandparents were over age students after the war, not 13 yr old new and pampered little singaporeans.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Hey asshole, are you calling me a liar and trying to re-write my family history with some illusion you've made up in your noggin?

Fuck you redbean. ;-)

My grandparents (all deceased) were born in the 1890's, you moron.

During the war they were all (4 of them) already in their 40's and 50's.

redbean said...

again bullshitting lah, asshole:o)

i also walked to school with a bag of books. i hope you can remember janet and john. those books were paper thin lah.

and if you think grandparents went to schools in the early 1900s, i don't think you know what kinds of book they are carrying lah. they were probably working in the plantations as child labour. oops, correct me if i am wrong.

dun worry, won't rewrite their history unless they are worthy of it; )

redbean said...

see, you are provoking me to be like you. and i still did not use a swear word: )

Matilah_Singapura said...

> see, you are provoking me to be like you. <

There you go again. I'm doing nothing of the sort. Believe me redbean, you don't have what it takes to "be like me".

> correct me if i am wrong. <

OK. You are totally wrong. My grandparents on both sides received strict Christian education, and they walked to school. (Believe me as a devil worshiper and life-time member of Soi Cowboy, I'm not proud of this... but hey, I'm not responsible for the lousy choices of my ancestors, especially for choosing the world's longest con-job religion - virgin-worshiping Christianity)

redbean said...

factually i can't argue with you about your grandparents.

but it is wrong for you to impose your values on them. it is wrong to say that they cannot chose which religion to believe.

hey, freedom to choose lah!

Matilah_Singapura said...

By using your very own argument, you are doing wrong by imposing your values on me.

BTW, I'm not "imposing", I'm merely disagareeing with their parents choice of religion. But hey, that was way back 100 or so years ago when people in general were more easily manipulated by "hope".

I'll state very cleary, to avert further misunderstandings: I LOATH religions. I repsect THE RIGHT of people to choose their system of delusion, but I do not respect thoer religion per se. People have the right to choose to be stupid.

redbean said...

forgot to reply to your what it takes to be like you. no thanks.

should elevate you maslow's level 5.