In pursuit of equity: Differentiated education in Singapore and its implications for Hong Kong

Maria MANZON, Beng Kiat Dennis KWEK

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Abstract

This paper will examine the interplay of equity and excellence in Singapore’s secondary schools. It uses Fraser’s (2008) three forms of justice: redistributive, recognitive and representational. It explores Singapore’s ‘bridges and ladders’ model of differentiated schooling. Case studies of a madrasah, a specialised school, and an elite school demonstrate the tensions between equity and excellence in the system. We argue that the ‘bridges and ladders’ model, through its differentiated schooling experiences, paradoxically increases equity and excellence while simultaneously exacerbating inequity. Finally, we reflect on the implications of this research on the pursuit of equity in Hong Kong’s education system.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

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Singapore
Hong Kong
equity
education
school
education system
secondary school
elite
justice
experience

Citation

Maria, M., & Kwek, D. (2017, March). In pursuit of equity: Differentiated education in Singapore and its implications for Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong Spring Annual Conference 2017 (CESHK 2017), The Education University of Hong Kong, China.