During Chin Sin Chong's school life during the Japanese Occupation, he too, learnt the Japanese language instead of the English language. He was also taught how to sing the Japanese Anthem and sang it every morning during assembly. Mr Chin also remembered paying respects to the deceased Japanese soldiers who died at Bukit Batok during the Japanese invasion. This shows that the Japanese took the value: respect, seriously.
During the Japanese Occupation, students learnt the Japanese language and they were learning moral such as "love for work". One example is students conducting activities such as gardening in school. The Japanese did not want Western influences on the students thus did not teach them the British language. This is why students in the past could speak the Japanese language.
This shows Lim Choo Sye's school life during the Japanese Occupation. He described his Japanese teacher as "honest, helpful, patient and sociable". This was because he was not militarily trained so he was neither strict nor fierce. Mr Lim usually started school at 8am and his school ended at 12.30pm or 1pm, compared to the present, his school hours were considered short. He also mentioned that his school building was functioning well and even had an official security guard at that time. During the Japanese Occupation, students did not wear uniforms, instead, they wore their home clothes to school.
This source shows what the teenager went through during his school days at the start of the paragraph. His school teacher, who was a Chinese, was able to teach him Japanese language at that time. This shows that the Japanese language was taught at that time to cease Western influences, thus English was not taught in schools.