Besides taking back the land for redevelopment, over construction of schools is directly related to our flawed population policy, ie our public education system has been abused to cater to an increasingly huge number of PRs/foreigners.
This number could be plucked out of the air and has made proper planning for public education, housing, healthcare and transportation an impossible task. Epic screw ups are inevitable.
Between 2005 and 2009, PAP took in a record 310,000 new PRs and an additional 70,000 new citizens. Absorbing even a fraction of them into public schools was impossible if new schools had not been constructed earlier.
Since almost 40% of new citizens are aged 20 years and below, the number of new PRs and citizens enrolling at public schools increased by more than 50,000 during the same period.
PAP couldn’t seem to make up its mind and in the subsequent 5 years, the number of new PRs plummeted from 310,000 to 146,000. Was this not a contributing factor?
To achieve a desired GDP figure and support high housing prices, all PAP needed to do was increase the number of foreigners. Between Goh Chok Tong and PM Lee, the number of PRs increased from 112,000 to 541,000 from 1990 to 2010.
With an increase of 429,000 PRs, how many new schools were needed? Are million-dollar ministers paid for such haphazard planning?
PAP should be upfront, no need to pai seh because Singaporeans already know it has screwed up big time. 😦