1. Education streaming: Debating points of streaming’s pros and cons in the education system.

“Those interviewed said the jury is still out as to whether the school streaming system has been a success or failure.

For a while, streaming did serve its purpose, especially during Singapore’s nation-building years. It succeeded in cutting down drop-out rates and kept students in schools, they added.

As the country prospered, however, the inequality gap grew.

On top of that, the rigidity of streaming coupled with the growth of educational pathways and students’ changing aspirations made the system more untenable.

In short, streaming had become outdated, they noted.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: The Big Read: Streaming — the good, the bad and the ugly side of an outdated policy

 

  1. Digital literacy: Teachers view cyberbullying as a pressing concern more than parents do.

“The importance of teaching children how to stay safe online takes on greater importance considering they get an Internet-enabled device at a very young age.

Google said the average age in which a child in Singapore receives his or her first Internet-connected device is eight – two years younger than the global average. Children in Indonesia are the last to receive such a device at age 11, it added.

“With children getting early access to the Internet, both parents and teachers are more concerned about child safety online and recognise the importance of digital literacy skills in young children,” the press release on the survey said.

A 2018 study by international think tank DQ Institute showed that 54 per cent of children here aged between eight and 12 are exposed to at least one cyber-risk, including cyberbullying, video game addiction, offline meetings and online sexual behaviour.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: Singapore teachers more concerned about cyberbullying than parents, Google survey shows

 

  1. Cost of living: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey shows three cities tied in first place for most expensive cities. However, this index is based on the measure of an expatriate’s cost of living, which does not accurately reflect locals’ true cost of living.

“According to the report, Singapore and Hong Kong are both 7 per cent more expensive than New York. In comparison, the South Korean city of Seoul is on par with New York in joint seventh place.

There are four Asian cities in the top ten global ranking this year, with Osaka in Japan and Seoul joining Singapore and Hong Kong. Other cities making up the top 10 include Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, New York, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.

It added that while Asia is home to some of the world’s most expensive cities, it also has many of the world’s cheapest cities, with India’s Bangalore, Chennai and New Delhi, as well as Karachi in Pakistan, featuring among the ten cheapest locations surveyed.”

Read the full article on Taiwan News: Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris named world’s most expensive cities for expats: EIU survey