It's time to shut down the worthless Singapore Science Centre

By Lauren Lye

There is certainly plenty of room for improvement insofar as government spending is concerned. Numerous statutory boards including the Science Centre Singapore (which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Education) should have been privatized or shut down altogether eons ago.

Just check out their annual financial report for FY 2018/2019; under statement of comprehensive income a whopping 70 million dollars was disbursed in 2018/2019 (see "operating grants from government" and "grants from other government agencies"). These funds could have been more prudently spent on upgrading existing public transportation and health infrastructure.....think for a moment about how much money was wasted on the Science Centre's upkeep since its inception in 1977.

Separately, staffing costs being the largest expenditure component (over 41 million incurred in 2018/2019) is giving cause for genuine concern: might over-hiring or inflated paychecks of high level executives explain affairs? Hmmm.

When our public schools are already sophisticatedly equipped and with assorted quality education service providers such as the ArtScience Museum sprouting up over the past decade, it's probably time to bid this increasingly archaic, quite worthless institution adieu and save us taxpayers a tidy sum in the name of proper accountability.


I wish our government will grow a heart, two ears and two eyes.

To seriously innovate or not, that is the difficult question

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