No shame in re­peat­ing a year

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There should be no shame in drop­ping out of the In­te­grated Pro­gramme or re­peat­ing a year in ju­nior col­lege (The shame of drop­ping out of the In­te­grated Pro­gramme; Dec 30, 2018).

Just a cou­ple of months ago, one of my teach­ers told my JC1 class that if we feel that we are not com­fort­able with the JC1 cur­ricu­lum top­ics, we can choose to re­peat a year to master the fun­da­men­tal aca­demic con­cepts, even if we meet the cri­te­ria for pro­mo­tion to JC2.

She em­pha­sised that life is a long jour­ney, and that one ad­di­tional year of ed­u­ca­tion is in­signif­i­cant com­pared with a per­son’s life­span and can be just what some of us need to lay a solid foun­da­tion for the fu­ture.

I found this to be very in­sight­ful.

All of us have dif­fer­ent learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We should do what is best for our­selves in­stead of suc­cumb­ing to the pres­sures of our com­pet­i­tive so­ci­ety. Lim Si En, 17

Ju­nior col­lege Year 2 stu­dent

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