Government cracks down on tiger mums (in Singapore)

By Sharon Chen, Australian Financial Review – in University World News.

Carmen Kok, a 47-year-old Singaporean hairdresser, regrets that she never made it to university and is not letting her daughter make the same mistake, even if she has to send her abroad to get a place. But Singapore’s tiger mums are becoming a headache for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is trying to persuade the population that they don’t need to go to university to have a good career, writes Sharon Chen for Australian Financial Review.

“There is a clear international trend in the developed world to make vocational education a true choice for more young people” says Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Povl Tiedemann
May 2015


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