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Society, Monthly Spotlight

Does Elitism Exist In Singapore Schools?

Meritocracy was a hot topic in the Parliament and the media following an earlier sitting where PM Lee Hsien Loong shared an observation that schools like Raffles Institution has become “less diverse” over the years.

“Parentocracy”, where parents and the social capital they command may wield greater influence over their children’s future, has emerged as a counter force to meritocracy which, arguably, further entrenches social inequalities.

Across all demographics, four in five (80%) Singaporeans believe that schools such as Raffles Institution (RI) and Raffles Girls’ School have become too elite, with too many students coming from privileged backgrounds.