April 2, 2002
Singapore Democrats

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“… a pupil is streamed between eight and nine, and nine and 10. At this stage of their development, their intellect has not developed fully yet … so I think the age at which streaming takes place should be reviewed.”
– PAP MP Dr Ong Seh Hong, Straits Times, Apr 2, 2002

“Cognitive developments in humans does not follow a regimented schedule. The rate of development varies from individual to individual. A child showing less academic ability during the formative years is thus not necessarily less capable … it is grave mistake to administer an examination to cultivate the ‘intelligence’ of children and then stream them according to their abilities as though we know everything about their cognitive abilities by the age of 10 years.”
– Dr Chee Soon Juan, ‘Your Future, My Faith, Our Freedom’, published in 2001