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Post-PSLE book-burning photo inflames netizens

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Post-PSLE book-burning photo inflames netizens

While many families breathed a sigh of relief after the Primary School Leaving Examination ended last Wednesday, some took celebrations a step further – by setting their books on fire.

A photo of a group of children and parents burning what appears to be textbooks has sparked discussion after being shared online. Some concerned netizens accused them of degrading knowledge and education, while others questioned why the books were not given to needy students instead.

After the photo was published in Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News, it made the rounds on Facebook and forums such as kiasuparents.com.

Mrs Kelly Yeo, 40, who saw the original photo on Sunday, said she felt very sad for the children. “It shows how stressed they are and what kind of mindset they have (about) exams. They don’t see them as part of the learning journey.

Credits: The Straits Times

I’m sure they were stressed during the PSLE period, both the parents and students alike – but all of us have been through it. Still, I think that they shouldn’t have burnt the textbooks and I agree with some of the other opinions whereby they should have donated it to the needy instead of burning them.

What’s your opinion on this?

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