Making Every School an Accessible School

BY SINGAPORE POLICY JOURNAL Education policy in Singapore has attracted much attention of late. In the recent parliamentary speeches, Ms Denise Phua (MP, Jalan Besar GRC) commented on how the Direct Admission System disproportionally benefits wealthy families. Mr Png Eng Huat (MP, Hougang) also expressed worries about the billion-dollar tuition culture. A good primary education is perceived to be essential for upward mobility, but the … Continue reading Making Every School an Accessible School

The Forgotten Side of the Effort to Empower the Malay Community

Singapore has the highest Gini coefficient (after taxes and transfers) – the measure of income inequality – in the developed world. This has been increasingly salient of late and the government has responded with a more progressive budget that seeks to help the lowest rung of society, to give them a leg up. However, behind these numbers resides a problematic reality – that social mobility … Continue reading The Forgotten Side of the Effort to Empower the Malay Community

From Geographic Weakness to Technical Strength: Singapore’s Water Policy

Every day across the world, we waste, pollute, and mismanage freshwater resources. With the global population growing – mostly in urban areas without consistent access to water – potable water scarcity is an issue of growing concern. As a result, governments on all continents are searching for innovative methods to both increase absolute access to water and curb wasteful behaviors. Singapore has received international acclaim, … Continue reading From Geographic Weakness to Technical Strength: Singapore’s Water Policy

Maybe, Baby? Understanding Singapore’s Low Fertility Rate

Singapore’s citizen population is shrinking. A Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 2.1 would allow the population to stabilize – our TFR is currently 1.2. The government has tried almost everything to spur couples to “action”: from traditional incentives such as cash, health benefits, and parental leave, to not-so-traditional messaging strategies such as the fertility fairytale. However, in spite of these ingenious interventions, our TFR has … Continue reading Maybe, Baby? Understanding Singapore’s Low Fertility Rate

Why are Singaporeans Xenophobic and What Can We Do About It?

Xenophobia is on the rise in Singapore. After a wealthy Chinese expatriate crashed his Ferrari into a taxi and killed the driver and passenger in May 2012, and Indian migrant workers rioted in response to the death of a fellow employee in 2013, racist comments have become increasingly prevalent on online social-networking platforms. 80% of participants in an online 2012 Yahoo! poll agreed that “Singaporeans … Continue reading Why are Singaporeans Xenophobic and What Can We Do About It?