GP Tuition: Sample GP Examination Paper – JPJC
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Here’s a sample of GP Essay Paper (Paper 1) shared by our ex – JPJC student who attended our GP tutorials:
1. What two technologies of the twentieth century do you wish had never been invented and why?
2. Do you agree that poor countries have mainly themselves to blame for the problems they face today?
3. “Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs” (Paul McCartney). Is this all that can be said of singers and songwriters nowadays?
4. “Tiny tyrants who contradict their parents, terrorise their teachers and gobble their food.” Why do more children in Singapore fit such a description and what can be done about this problem?
5. Religion stands in the way of scientific progress.” What are your views?
6. How successful is your country in tackling significant issues facing her today?
7. “Prejudice is the child of ignorance.” Discuss.
8. ‘American popular culture is a virus that is making the whole world sick.” Comment.
9. “Women make better leaders than men.” Discuss.
10. Science is incapable of answering the most important questions in life.” Discuss.
11. Do you agree that there can be no justifiable reason for war in this day and age?
12. “Sometimes, the price of progress is too high.” Illustrate the validity of this statement by using three different examples.
JPJC General Paper Tuition – Sample Model GP Essay Answer
Here is a full length sample answer to the following GP essay question:
Q6. How successful is your country in tackling significant issues facing her today?
Singapore, being small and without natural resources, has always faced a problem of being self sufficient. In addition, in this ever-changing world, we now face a whole new range of issues compared to 30 years back. Some of such important issues include the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), terrorism, the water problem and the ageing population. These issues are considered significant as they affect all Singaporeans’ lives directly, and whether these issues have been handled well by the government and the people can be judged by the damage or cost that is minimised and the significant results.
The sudden outbreak of the SARS virus caught many countries unprepared and they were unable to handle such an epidemic. Singapore is one of them. Little was known about this virus and how it could be spread or where it originated from. Therefore, little could be done by the medical officials to cure the patients or to stop the spread of the virus. Besides, the symptoms of SARS were very similar to those of a normal cold, such as fever and breathing difficulties. Hence, those who contracted SARS merely dismissed it as a cold and were not aware of the contagiousness of the virus. The government reacted calmly and efficiently during the outbreak, doing the best that it could to stop the further spread of the virus by issuing quarantine orders to those who had come into contact with known SARS patients.
The government also reported the number of cases of SARS victims factually to allow people to know the seriousness of the situation. Hygiene advice and preventive measures were constantly in the news to remind people that everyone had to do their part to control this outbreak of SARS. The people’s responsible social behaviour and increased awareness, together with efforts by the government and medical officials, allowed the epidemic to be controlled in a short time. Singapore, the government and the people had reduced the cost of this epidemic to the minimum. Hence, this issue can be considered successfully handled.
Apart from the sudden attack of this enemy, SARS, Singapore also faced a problem of terrorism. By making our stand to fight terrorism and showing that we are on the same side as the US, we became a prime target for terrorists. Besides, our multiracial culture makes it easier for terrorists to use extremist ideas in the name of Islam to create internal conflict in Singapore, allowing them to strike more easily. In the face of these problems, the government tightened security at Changi airport, carried out more military emergency drills with neighbouring countries to the people and, more importantly, made it known to the people and not that Singapore is against terrorism and not Muslims. The rational behaviour of the Singaporeans ensured that the multiracial culture could withstand the threat of terrorism. The public was also taught what to do during an emergency, such as a bio-chemical attack. All these deterred terrorists from striking Singapore.
Not only are we faced with problems posed by external factors, Singapore also faces several internal problems. One of these problems is none other than the ever-existing water problem. Singapore has been buying water from Malaysia since the 1960’s at the rate of 3 cents per gallon of untreated water. However, recently, Malaysia requested a price hike. The problem of Singapore being self-sufficient in in water became more significant. The government then worked towards getting raw water from other sources and hence came up with Newater sources – sewage water after reverse osmosis and purification. As future measures, the government will also be looking into the distillation of seawater. These projects to provide Singaporeans with our own water have allowed Singapore not to be solely reliant on Malaysia for water, although at the price of higher water bills due to the rise in the cost of water.
Another internal problem would be the ageing population in Singapore. If this problem is not handled well, the future workforce will have to bear a heavy burden of supporting the aged. This will also result in an ageing workforce, which will thus slow down the economy on the whole. The effects of an ageing population will be extensive and will be detrimental. The government has come up with several campaigns and policies to deal with different aspects of this problem. One of the most straightforward ways is to encourage birth through encouraging marriage. A high living standard is one main reason why most married couples refuse to have children, hence the government has recently come up with a new policy which allows mothers to take longer, paid maternity leave and the child’s education fees are also heavily subsidised. A family with more children is also projected as a complete and happier family in television programmes and local dramas. However, the effect is still not very significant, due to the fact that the mentality of women has changed. Many women now put career before family, resulting in an increase in the numbers of single women or late marriages. Subsidies and propaganda may not be effective in changing mindsets.
Nevertheless, the government has also adopted another approach, which is to reduce the stress of the aged on the society by encouraging them to re enter the working society or go for retraining after retirement. Singaporeans have also been advised to save for their old age and to take care of their own health. By doing so, the aged will require fewer subsidies from society. Therefore, the burden will be lighter.
Clearly, Singapore has been successful in tackling some of the issues. Water is an essential part of our everyday lives for survival or for work. By being self sufficient we will not be subjected to the ever increasing costs of water. By building our social and military defences, we can ensure peace and maintain investors’ confidence. By reducing the stress of an ageing population, the negative consequences have been reduced. Since all these objectives have been met and problems have clearly been dealt with, I can conclude that Singapore is successful in handling most of the issues facing her today.
More answers and essays (Paper 1) exam skills in our GP tuition revision guide, especially for JPJC GP tutoring students.
How to get to JPJC ?
Jurong Pioneer Junior College is located at 21 Teck Whye Walk, Singapore 688258. The nearest MRT is Choa Chu Kang (CCK) MRT (NS4/BP1), on the North-South Line (NSL). Also, you can take a bus from Bukit Panjang MRT (DT1).
Note: BP1 is also on the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) network.
By Year 2027, Choa Chu Kang station will be an interchange station with the Jurong Region Line Phase 1, with the station code (NS4/JS1/BP1).
JPJC students who are unbale to attend our individual lessons or small group GP classes, are encouraged to utilise our GP revision course.