Do you think education in Singapore is too stressful? I saw this article on CNA recently about how students have been asking for mental help without their parents knowing. - Seedly

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Asked on 08 Oct 2018

Do you think education in Singapore is too stressful? I saw this article on CNA recently about how students have been asking for mental help without their parents knowing.

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Junus Eu
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Answered on 05 Jun 2019

Definitely. Even as a millenial growing up, I thought my time was stressful enough.

But these days, I am hearing about tuition for pre-school (?!), too much extra-curricular activities for kids on top of school time, and sadly, increasing number of suicides over things like academics.

We need to recognize that a person's self worth is so much more than academic achievements, and later on, your career.

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Julia Chan
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Answered on 08 Oct 2018

Yes, because it is geared to comparing oneself against others on a narrow set of parameters that may not bring forth many other hidden strengths, and those who have fewer or no privileges to fall upon for help, struggle more

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Good Day Every Day
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Answered on 24 Oct 2018

Yes, especially since there is too much emphasis on academic achievement.

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Bertrand Wong
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Answered on 20 Oct 2018

It really depends on which school you go to and also largely influenced by parents' expectations. And probably when grades are regarded highly in Singapore, the stress and pressure to perform is probably more prevalent.

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Lee Jiahui
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Answered on 11 Oct 2018

I had a stressful school life because of the school work load. Maybe partly because I wasn't as smart as the rest. The teachers also gave us so much homework that I found it impossible to complete. I barely made it with a lot of time spent on copying homework from friends. The only other activity that beat school life stress in terms of stressfulness was breastfeeding. Basically school stress set my max threshold for stress, which could be a good thing on hindsight.

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Nicholas Chan
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Answered on 08 Oct 2018

Self inflicted due to kiasu parents & kids

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