This is taken from Straits Times Youth Forum:
My opinion is that if you have a dream you must also have the courage to work for it. Having a dream but being scared to pursue it will not result in success. So what probably schools can do is to encourage and equip students with skills to pursue their dreams. However we should not “blame” the ministry or schools if we lack of the courage in the first place.
Again this student is just 14 years old and has yet to see things in a broader prospective of the country’s needs and why academic excellence has still got its importance in this society.