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Did the Japanese Occupation bring changes to the lives of teens?

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Did the teenagers attend school during the Japanese Occupation?
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Did the teenagers attend school during the Japanese Occupation?

This source is a written source from e-resources of notional library. It shows whether did the teenagers still went for school during Japanese Occupation.

Most Malay and Tamil schools continued to operate during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, though with lower enrolment numbers compared to just before the war. Some Chinese schools remained open, but attendance at these schools was drastically lower than before. In 1943, there were 4,572 students attending Malay schools, 787 attending Indian or Tamil schools, and approximately 3,000 attending Chinese schools.

This shows that some students are reluctant to go to school due to the war, while others decided to not let their education be affected.

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What was the language of instruction used in schools during the Japanese Occupation?
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What was the language of instruction used in schools during the Japanese Occupation?

This source was taken from a written account by Kelvin Goh who was a teenager during the Japanese Occupation.

The locals attend the newly-erected Japanese schools, and learn the Japanese language. Existing schools were pressured to teach their curriculum in Japanese, and students were made to sing the Japanese national anthem (Kimigayo). However, there was a lack of Japanese teachers and textbooks, and the Japanese were forced to allow a combination of the Japanese and English languages until the arrival of the first Japanese textbook in Singapore. To further supplement Japanese education, Japanese lessons were played over the schools’ broadcasting systems

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What were the subjects studied during the Japanese Occupation?
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What were the subjects studied during the Japanese Occupation?

This source is taken from a written source about the subjects the teenagers learn in school during Japanese Occupation.

Students have to write and learn Japanese in schools, instead of their main language, example, Chinese, Malay, Tamil...
They were forced to only learn Japanese and to speak to one another in Japanese as well.

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What were the books used during Japanese Occupation? (Slide 4 & 5)
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What were the books used during Japanese Occupation? (Slide 4 & 5)

This source is showing about the ways the Japanese Occupation changed the lives of people in Singapore, and in it, shows the change of the education system which affected the teenagers back then.

Since the Japanese wanted the locals to learn how to speak Japanese, they printed Japanese lessons in local newspapers, Japanese textbooks were also printed for students to learn Japanese language faster.

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