The Ministry of Education (MOE) has recently announced that in the three years to come, certain schools in Singapore will be merged together in response to the declining birth rates in Singapore as well as changes in demographics to certain housing estates.
Out of the many schools in Singapore, Tanglin Secondary School and New Town Secondary School were two of the schools selected to be merged together.
After the merger, the building of New Town Secondary will be used to house the merged schools.
Petition seen online
In response to this announcement, a petition was seen online on change.org.
Started by a netizen known as Tony Yeoh as seen on the petition page, the petition aims to get 1,500 signatories to support its cause.
The 1,007 signatures have been gathered so far at the time of writing by Singapore Uncensored.
A brief description of the petition was also put up on the page.
Here are the reasons given by the starter of the petition in their own words as to why Tanglin Secondary’s name should be kept.
“Keep Tanglin Secondary School’s name!
Tanglin Secondary School and New Town Secondary School are merging but only New Town Secondary School’s name is retained. This is unequal and unfair treatment because:
(i) 4 pairs of school are merging, but they are keeping the English name of School 1 and the Chinese name of School 2 (Malay and Indian friends, please help me to check the names too. Happy to update);
(ii) they have kept the name of the older school. For TSS, we were established in 1964 while New Town was established in 1966.
Please support the petition.
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