The release of the SEA results earlier this month threw into the spotlight one word which resonated among the top-achieving students and – had they been asked publicly – among the general body of the students: the word, ‘sacrifice’.
Laudable as this concept may be and essential as it is in a Christian context, the word carried with it echoes of sadness, given the ages of the speakers. It begs the questions of what the long-term value is in the practices which gave rise to the students’ ‘sacrifice’ and of the entire perception of student ‘success’.
In an ideal world, all students would achieve ‘success’ and would progress from the primary level to schools that empower them to realise their potential. The value of the student whose talents lie in the vocational field would be seen as equal to that of the ‘academically inclined’ student.