tampines junior college


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 to ask for English tutors to help its international scholars. Presumably, the English tuition will be offered free of charge to the foreign scholars and they don’t have to pay anything.

Both tenders were published on Mon (18 Mar) and will close next week on 26 Mar.

One of them is for hiring General Paper (GP) tutors for the foreign scholars [Link]:

The other for GCE ‘O’ level tutors, presumably English, for the foreign scholars [Link]:

One can only surmise that the English standard of these foreign scholars are not good enough and that is why they need extra English tuition both for their foundation ‘O’ level English as well as GP, which they will take for their ‘A’ level at the end of their course in Tampines Junior College.

A question here is, why is Singapore taking in sub-standard foreign scholars who require extra tutions?

The TRE reader asked, “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 for their ‘O’ level English before enrolling them into JC? After all, many of our own Singaporean scholars who went to France, Germany or Japan to study had to do an extra year in the language of the respective country before enrolling into their formal course.

Paying for extra English tuitions for these foreign scholars in JC will inevitably lead to the question why weaker Singaporeans in the same JC aren’t given free GP tuitions too.

The reader said, “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’s no wonder that our youth also think that “foreign talents” have more privileges than native Singaporeans.


TR Emeritus (Republished with permission)

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