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Fair selection or simply corruption?

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The horror a parent goes through to register their child to government-aided primary schools is beyond excruciating.

Three a.m. arrivals at some institutions way ahead of the scheduled start time, putting mostly five-year-olds through rigours even adults dread.

What appears to be the proper 'application process' quickly fades when one is told to wait to be called or check a posted list. If neither of the options apply to your child, that's it! No questions asked.

With some schools charging a cost of $500-$2,500 registering over 700 students, knowing they can only accommodate under 100 is horrendous. Thus, it is reasonable to infer that this process is also a moneymaking scheme.

Having recently gone through this experience, it only highlights the fact that no matter how much we try to curb corruption, it still remains - 'the who you know or the who knows you'.