SINGAPORE (Nov 5): When did conversations about the so-called elite class and elitist attitudes in Singapore first surface? Some have argued that it was as far back as in the 1880s, when the British colonialists created the Higher Scholarships in Singapore. A special course was developed for the students at a school that would become Raffles Institution. According to a Mothership article in June, the grant — which later became the Queen’s Scholarship, and then evolved into the current President’s Scholarship — sparked criticisms of how it fostered unhealthy competition among students and parents, and concentrated a disproportionate amount of resources on a select group of students.

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