Educational development in a strong State: The Singapore experience

Year: 1994

Author: Gopinathan, Saravanan

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper examines educational development in Singapore from the perspective of new theories about the State, and in particular about the State's role in education. Conservative movements in the USA and UK have sought to diminish the role of the State, arguing that greater consumer choice (parents) will raise standards while being equitable. Is this an appropriate model for developing countries? Both historical and contemporary evidence suggests that strong States have a vital role to play, especially in education, in ethnically plural nations.