MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has acknowledged that admission to primary school is not meritocratic, since a child's background plays a role in it.
'That's inevitable in any society,' he said after a visit to Raffles Girls' Primary School (RGPS) on Friday afternoon, where he disclosed that he had visited Punggol Primary the previous day.
'At the primary stage, the choice is not made in a uniform way. You have a brother there or sister there, your father or mother is an alumnus, and so on.
'So it's not meritocratic; it's based on the social class of your parents, whether they went into better schools.'
Still, Mr Lee argued that the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) levels the playing field, allowing bright pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend good schools.
'The important thing is that, at Primary 6, there should be a sorting out. And those who missed going to the good schools should get into better secondary schools.'
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