Home News Featured News Academic among those criticising Raffles Girls School spokesman for "elitist" remarks on...

Academic among those criticising Raffles Girls School spokesman for “elitist” remarks on new campus

The statement; "Moving away from the luxurious condominiums in Orchard Road will allow our girls to reach out more to the ordinary Singaporean," drew a lot of backlash for its privileged connotation

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Academic Donald Low is among those who criticised a Raffles Girls School (RGS) spokesman for “elitist” comments he had made about the new campus location.

RGS moved from the Anderson Road campus to a new S$90 million campus at 2 Braddell Rise, this week. The new campus is about 2.5ha bigger than the old school location but RGS plans to maintain the current intake levels for Sec 1 students despite the bigger space.

Speaking to The New Paper about the move, an RGS spokesman indicated that moving to the heartland would foster a closer bond with the community. He added: “Moving away from the luxurious condominiums in Orchard Road will allow our girls to reach out more to the ordinary Singaporean.”

The spokesman drew swift backlash for his comment on social media. Prof Low, who served as the associate dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy until last year, highlighted the comment on his Facebook page and asked: “Beyond semantics and a poor choice of words, what’s wrong with the circled portion of this news report? What does it say about education and class in Singapore?”

- Advertisement -

Calling the remark “elitist” and “unnecessary,” netizens responding to Prof Low’s question noted that the remark since it seemed to link the school’s location to its identity and seemed to imply that RGS students are elite and have finally gotten a chance to mingle with the lower class due to the new school location:

Others on social media expressed similar views and said that the spokesman is indirectly implying that RGS students are not “ordinary” and felt that the spokesman had an “ivory tower mentality”:

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Independent Budget office a “wasteful duplication” of functions: DPM Heng

Singapore – Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that an independent Budget office would be a "wasteful duplication of functions" as there are independent audits by the Auditor General's Office and parliamentary scrutiny of the Government's spending. On Friday (Feb 26),...

Hyper-competition does not necessarily lead to better economic performance: PSP’s Kumaran Pillai

Singapore – Opposition Progress Singapore Party's (PSP) Kumaran Pillai took to social media to urge more investment in local talent as many feel they "have gotten the short end of the stick" when it comes to employment. In a Facebook post on...

Kranji land ‘erroneous’ clearing: more supervision not always best solution, says Chan Chun Sing

Singapore – Processes should be streamlined and not more layers of supervision added in public service, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Friday (Feb 26) in response to the erroneous clearing of a large patch of woodland in...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent