by Joseph Wangija, Guest Contributor
On the 9th of August, 1965, Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew was devastated after realising that the merger between Malaysia and Singapore had come to an abrupt end after only two years. Singapore had few natural resources and its prospects did not look promising. One of the few available viable resources was a dilapidated seaport. The residents lacked not just economic resources, but a shared history. Despite those bleak prospects, Lee discovered that economic development could not be attained without human development.To achieve human development, however, educational reforms were a necessary prerequisite. As such, Lee Kuan Yew embarked on educational reforms. Today, with a GDP per capita of US$56,319, Singapore is a developed country (UNESCO, 2009).