No matter the curriculum or medium of education, schooling is deeply flawed in our country. It's clear every time we take a daringly honest stroll down memory lane, it's clear in every pitch meeting we have at SHOUT, where all the participants are either about to get out of school or just fresh out of it. Over the years, we've learned more and more about these systemic problems and the reasons behind it, but we've realised another important thing. It doesn't have to be this way.
When I was in school, one of the common pieces of advice teachers gave me was that as a student, I should be like a sponge, absorbing knowledge everywhere. I want to pass this advice back to schools. Schools need to start looking at themselves with increased introspection, and they need to involve fresh graduates and recent alumni in that process. People who have been in school in the last 5-10 years have a unique perspective here, one that is honest and pointed at issues that are detrimental to students. In light of the recent incidents of sexual violence, some prominent schools have taken commendable steps to involve alumni in scrutinising their sexual education curricula. It is our hope that more schools follow.