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Your views: Consider moving JCs to heartland

I read with interest about the Education Ministry's decision to merge schools due to the falling birth rate ("8 junior colleges among 28 schools to be merged"; The Straits Times, April 21).

Two institutions I attended - Tampines Primary School and Willow Avenue Secondary School - were both closed due to redevelopment in the 80s.

I understand the need for development. However, I am sad that I do not have the chance to take my children to visit my alma mater or to go back there with my schoolmates. Now, my daughter's school, Serangoon Junior College, will also be no more.

I had encouraged her to join the alumni association, but the merger with Anderson JC has discouraged her from doing so.

I understand that the mergers are due to the falling birth rate. The Education Ministry should have anticipated this effect years ago.

Why did it open another new JC when, only a few years later, it needs to merge eight JCs?

I hope the ministry will consider having more JCs located in the heartland areas, for the convenience of students.


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