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2019 GCE A-Level General Paper (GP) Paper 1 Essay Questions

Our JC2 students have just completed their GP exams, and here are the essay questions that came out for Paper 1 this year. Which Question would you have chosen to answer? =)

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  1. How far should countries have relations with others whose human rights record is poor?
  2. To what extent should income equality be a goal in your society?
  3. ‘Science is the only answer to global hunger’. Discuss.
  4. Consider the view that social media has more influence than politicians.
  5. To what extent is artificial intelligence replacing the role of humans?
  6. ‘A leader’s responsibility should always be to his or her own country, not other nations.’ Discuss.
  7. ‘Religion is an important part of the lives of young people today.’ Consider whether this is true in your society.
  8. Does violence in the visual media portray reality or encourage the unacceptable?
  9. Is globalisation to be welcomed or feared today?
  10. Should both parents take equal responsibility for raising their children?
  11. Assess the importance of food within Singaporean culture.
  12. Can fiction teach us anything meaningful about the real world?
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2018 A-Level General Paper (GP) Essay Questions

Here are the Essay Questions for GP Paper 1. Have a look and see which ones you feel confident to answer!

  1. How far is failure an essential part of success?
  2. To what extent is the pursuit of continuous economic growth a desirable goal?
  3. In an age of rapid technological advancement, is a single career for life realistic?
  4. ‘In the global age we inhabit, there is no justification for national boundaries.’ How far do you agree?
  5. To what extent is sporting achievement given adequate recognition in your society?
  6. Do handicrafts still have value when machine-produced goods are so readily available?
  7. ‘People today do not work as hard as they did in the past.’ How true is this of your society?
  8. Discuss the view that all countries have an equal responsibility to counter terrorism.
  9. Is pressure a motivating force or a cause for unhappiness?
  10. ‘Works of art which have been removed from their country of origin should be returned.’ Discuss.
  11. ‘Foreign aid does not solve long-term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint?
  12. Consider the view that we do not take enough responsibility for our own well-being.
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The Seed Initiative

Hi! We’ve recently started a Social Arm for Irwin’s Study, as a way to be a blessing to others in our society. =) I’m calling it ‘The Seed Initiative’ and it’s a movement that seeks to provide seed funding and mentoring for social projects that want to make a positive different in our worlds. It doesn’t matter how big or small the project; it’s the heart of giving and the desire to be a blessing that we are looking for! =)

Our website is, where you can find out more about the Purpose, Principles and Projects that drive this new initiative.

Do help us spread the word and let others who may be interested know about this as well. =)

We are blessed to be a blessing to others! =)

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2017 A-Level General Paper (GP) Exam Questions

Here are the General Paper (GP) Essay Questions for the Nov 2017 GCE A-Levels exams. Some expected questions and some interesting ones! =)

  1. ‘The past is not dead. It is not even past.’ Discuss.
  2. Can the use of animals for scientific research ever be justified?
  3. In your society, to what extent is it acceptable for public money to be used for the acquisition of works of art?
  4. ‘Rehabilitation, not punishment, should be the purpose of the justice system.’  Discuss.
  5. Is regulation of the press desirable?
  6. Do events, rather than politicians, shape the future?
  7. How far is science fiction becoming fact?
  8. Examine the role of music in establishing a national identity in your society.
  9. To what extent are people judged more by their physical appearances than by their abilities?
  10. ‘Practical ability is just as important as intellectual skills.’ How far is this true in your society?
  11. Assess the view that attempts to control climate change can never be truly effective.
  12. ‘The quality of written language is being destroyed by social media.’ What is your view?
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Guest Speaker at KL Bookfest 2017! =)

Delighted and humbled to be invited as a guest speaker and education expert at KL Bookfest 2017. It was a rewarding experience sharing with the audience about the beauty of a subject like General Paper and teaching the students in the audience some skills and tips that will help them improve not just in GP but also in English in general. =)

Hope to be back next year!

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