Janelle, A sixteen year old girl from Nan Chiau High School wrote an open letter to the Minister for Education Heng Swee Kiat. Now the minister has responded on facebook as follows.
Have you caught the rat yet? It is so "Yes, Minister" style and strategy. They will gather a group and discuss these ideas and then nothing will come out of it. They have used this strategy for more than a decade. Janelle, for your sake and all millennials, I hope I am wrong and things are changing.
By the way my children hate and do not memorize their textbooks and notes. In fact one of their teacher remarked that she learns and studies differently from the rest of her classmates. Her academic performance has been credible. You do not need to study like everyone else. Nobody forces you to memorize and the teachers by and large discourage that.