The ideal of meritocracy is espoused within Singapore’s economic policies and the structure of our education system. It is important to note that effective implementation of meritocracy is only possible if everyone begins at the same starting point. In Singapore, children from affluent families are able to attend preschool education and tuition classes, giving them a competitive edge over those from low-income families.

This was reflected in a recent study done by Ong Xiang Liang and Dr. Cheung Hoi Shan, where they found that “children from higher socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to attend Integrated Programme (IP) secondary school and their affiliated primary schools, as well as those that offer the Gifted Education Programme (GEP).”53

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