MM Lee: Meritocracy vital for schools
Lee Kuan Yew is awarded a “prestigious” prize created just for him by his alma mater, Raffles Institution. In his speech, Lee Kuan Yew praises meritocracy, especially the fact that in Singapore it apparently makes no difference “who your father or mother is”. (Silent applause from Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching and the rest of the Lee clan?) ST, with video:
SPEAKING to 800 guests at the Raffles Institution inaugural Gryphon Award, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew reaffirmed his belief in meritocracy as practised in Singapore’s education system and the governance of the country.
Recalling his days as an RI boy, he said that being surrounded by students from various socio-economic backgrounds made him realise the importance of recognising a person’s talent regardless of his race, religion or parent’s wealth.
MM Lee was the first person to receive the Gryphon Award, which is given to illustrious Rafflesians who have contributed greatly to the nation.
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