22nd March 2013
A TR Emeritus (TRE) reader posted a comment [Link]
on TRE yesterday (19 Mar) highlighting that a Junior College (JC) is
looking for English tutors for its international scholars.
TRE went into the Govt procurement portal site, GeBiz, to confirm and
found that, indeed, there were 2 tenders being called by Tampines
Junior College for English tutors to help its international scholars.
Presumably, the English tuition will be offered free of charge to the
foreign scholars and they do not have to pay anything.
Both tenders were published on Monday (18 Mar) and will close next week on 26 March 2013.
One of them is for hiring General Paper (GP) tutors for the foreign scholars [Link]:
The other seeks GCE ‘O’ level tutors, presumably in English, for the foreign scholars [Link]:
One can only surmise that the standard of English of these foreign
scholars is not good enough and that is why they need extra English
tuition, for both foundational ‘O’ level English as well as GP, which
they will take for their ‘A’ levels at the end of their studies at
Tampines Junior College.
The question arises: Why is Singapore taking in sub-standard foreign scholars requiring tuition?
The further question arises: Are they scholars in the first place if their English is so crappy?
The TRE reader exclaims, “TUITION FOR FOREIGN SCHOLARS!!! Can someone tell me what is going on?”
“How do these foreign scholars get the scholarships to enter JC if
their English is not even up to ‘O’ level standard? Why give them a
place in JC and deprive our Singaporean students a place? Isn’t this
discrimination against Singaporeans!!!!”
If language is an issue, why not make these scholars study an extra
year and get their ‘O’ level English up to par before enrolling them in
JC? After all, many of our own Singaporean scholars who go to France,
Germany and Japan to study have to do an extra year in the language of
the respective country before enrolling.
Paying for extra English tuition for these foreign scholars in JC
will inevitably lead to the question why weaker Singaporeans in the same
JC are not given free tuition too.
The reader goes on to say, “GP tuition for foreign scholars??? Does
it mean our Singaporean students are ALL so good in GP that none of them
needs tuition? Why do we pay so much scholarship $$$$ for foreign
scholars whose GP is not as good as our local students?”
“Shouldn’t we spend the money to improve the GP standard of our
weaker local students? Why are we awarding scholarship $$$$ to
sub-standard foreign scholars and then spend more $$$$ to bring them up
to standard so they can compete against our own local Singaporean
students for a place in University!!!!???? ALL USING LOCAL SINGAPOREAN
TAX PAYERS’ MONEY!!!”
From this simple episode at JC level, it is no wonder that our
ordinary youth, like our adults, think that “foreign talents” have more
privileges than native Singaporeans.
Source: TRE website