Photo of kids burning textbooks after PSLE draws mixed reactions
SINGAPORE : A group of kids and parents took to burning textbooks and assessment books to celebrate the end of the Primary School Leaving Exams (PSLE) on Saturday.
The bonfire, which was started by radio DJ Arnold Gay for his son and his friends to burn their worksheets, triggered an intense discussion after a photo of the book-burning celebration was posted on Facebook.
Some netizens said it was selfish of them to burn the books as they could be donated to needy students, while others accused them of degrading education. There were also parents who felt it was harmless.
“I did something similar when my girls had their PSLE, except we didn't have a bonfire [because we are] staying in an HDB flat but we threw out all PSLE-related stuff into the rubbish chute,” wrote Irene Tan on Facebook.
Gay didn't think there was anything wrong with it as the items that were burnt were things that could not be reused like worksheets and assessment books, though the boy standing near the incense-burning drum can also be seen holding a Chinese textbook.
The 46-year-old said his 12-year-old son was having a stressful time coping with his school work and he “half-jokingly” told him that he would prepare a bonfire for him to burn everything once his exams were over. He thought his son would forget about the comment but he didn’t, and so Gay kept his promise.
The celebration was held on the driveway outside his house in Katong on Saturday.
“It was symbolic for the kids as they released their pent-up frustrations from preparing for their exams. We could see from the happy looks on their faces that they really appreciated it,” he said.
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wrong values. Also a potential fire hazard and definite air pollution.
We should recycle the used text book, we can donate to the school for needy students to reuse them.
Or we can sent to Resident's committee for their recycle programme. We should pass the correct moral education to our children to save the trees and mother nature.
Ha Ha Ha ...... as long as those kids happy why can't..... But another point of view is
creating the pollution to the environment not fair to the patients and small kids and elders.
Why they can't recycle them........
Burning will cause more climate changes. If they want to discard the books etc, they should have thrown them into a recycle bin.