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Are you an ugly Singaporean parent?
by Olivia Chang

SINGAPORE - The 'ugly Singaporean parent': demanding, unreasonable and self righteous with an overbearing sense of entitlement.

RazorTV took to the streets to find out what examples of these Singaporeans they could find.

Apparently it was not too difficult as they found parents who forced a teacher to change a 'Fair' grade to 'Good' to be entitled to Edusave, parents who claim that their child-bully was not at fault but rather the victim, and those who believe that the school has no right to discipline their children.

Not so surprisingly, a recent survey by revealed that 43 per cent of those surveyed admitted to being an 'ugly Singaporean parent'.

RazorTV also reported that the ugly Singaporean parent is more likely to be educated, well-to-do and living in private housing.

Those interviewed believed that the parents' ugly head rears itself because there is a rise in the number of single child families causing parents to become overprotective; one interviewee said that parents may just "overlove" their children and another suggested, "everything is getting so they are just worried for their children".

According to the teachers and students that RazorTV spoke to, the consensus reached was that parents and teachers have to work together to create a stable environment for everyone.

One parent suggested educating the ugly Singaporean parents with the help of the media, while another suggested considering the feelings of the teacher.

Students on the other hand said that parents should adhere to school rules as well, just like the students.


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