Gan Eng Seng Primary.
26 parents fought for 4 primary one vacancies.
Chinese Filipino Mac Gregore Ponce Tan (31, architect), who became PR last year, balloted successfully for his daughter.
"Although I am a foreigner, I am not discriminated here. I receive the same privilege and rights as Singaporeans. This is very fair. This is a place I like most!"
Native Singaporean Foo Wang Heng (My own translation of his Chinese name. 40, stockbroking sector. ) was unsuccessful. He said:
"(My daughter,) such a little girl, every day having to spend so much time on transport, it's not a good thing! And as for the school's quality, we have now reach a stage, where we no longer have a choice (because it's now up to MOE to anyhow allocate)"
Other native Singaporeans' reaction?
"Those who balloted unsuccessfully felt neither injustice nor anger. Foo Wang Heng and the other 21 parents who balloted unsuccessfully, filled up the application form (for the next phase) with assistance from Gan Eng Seng primary school's teachers, and left quietly"
I love sinkies. They are so easy to govern!
What about other schools?
Pioneer primary school has the fiercest competition, 54 vacancies up for grab by 114 people who all live within 1 km of the school. But the school refused to allow reporters in. Thus we are not able to find out the reality of the situation"
Haha! Even easier to govern. Thank you very much, principal of Pioneer primary! Good job! Save us in Young Pay-And-Pay lots of troubles with those nosy reporters!
Oh, before I forget, Mr. Mac Gregore Ponce Tan, the PR, had one final bit to tell the reporter:
"I am very happy that my daughter can receive her education in this environment". He still has a 1 year old daughter, who will not be giving him headaches when it's her turn to go to Gan Eng Seng primary school, because she can use her elder sister's current pupil status, to apply in Phase 1 for a vacancy.
Mr. Foo,. the native Singaporean, also want to have his last say:
He said that the primary one application system is very unfair to those like him, whose own primary school has shut down and hence cannot allow him to apply as an alumni, and whose home is not near any school. He hopes the authority will look into this problem.
Lianhe Zaobao (2008-8-20) (link expires in 1 week from posting date)