Thursday, January 27, 2011
Why foreign kids outperform local kids: MM Lee
New immigrants are more highly educated, and their children will provide stiff competition to local students.
Some foreign students may be outperforming local kids in examinations such as the O levels, but that is not the reason to stop welcoming foreign talent, said Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, at the 25th anniversary of the S'pore federation of Chinese Clan associations (SFCCA).
For the sake of national interest, Singapore must continue to welcome new immigrants to its shores.
Speaking in a mix of Mandarin and English, MM Lee offered his thoughts on why there are visibly more foreigners excelling in this year's O-level examinations.
He said new immigrants entering Singapore are more highly educated, and therefore these graduates will produce intelligent children that will offer more competition to local students.
But MM Lee also added that there are "many, ordinary immigrants".
Edvantage | Wed Jan 19 2011