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Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate rose to 1.25 last year, from 1.19 the year before. According to the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), citizen births went up from around 31,000 in 2013 to about 33 000 in 2014. NPTD said the increase in marriages is likely due in part to the greater availability of flats and the children of those in the Baby Boomers’ generation entering marriageable age.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Grace Fu, said the recent fertility and marriage rates were good news and a promising sign of the nation’s progress.

A high birth rate would mean that our future is not daunted by death rate. Children are our future leaders, thus, more is good. More children could possibly reduce the number of elderly left with nobody to take care of them. A high birth rate will also result in an increase in people in the workforce in the near future, enabling the government to have a better control of bringing in foreign workers or talents.

On the other hand, high birth rate will only be beneficial to a nation if parents are able to bring up their children in a disciplined manner. Otherwise, this can easily lead to a downturn of the nation.

Without good family planning, families can run into financial difficulties, thus shortchanging the quality of childhood they can provide to the children. Divorce rate may rise as couples will be fighting over the upbringing of the children. If the family’s financial status is unstable and children are not instilled with the correct values, crime rate will increase. With bad financial planning, people may then turn to government for more support and funding and may end up pushing the blame of the government for their bad family planning.

A recent informal survey was carried out by some students in Temasek Polytechnic on whether the up and coming generation has social etiquette. The survey found that about 70 % of children, between the age of 10 to 20 years old observed, were rude. Greeting the elders is considered to be an unnecessary and awkward task. Demanding for something is the way to go and if not given, a complain follows. Gone are the days when something is to be requested for politely. Needless to say, the “thank you” that follows is sparse.

These children are also observed to have no money sense as parents just spend most of their time working for the dollars to provide. Children spend more time with gadgets than with their parents.

Thus, high birth rate is only good news if and only if parents are willing to spend quality time and not just money, to nurture these future leaders. This will be a true promising sign if people work hand in hand with the government to groom and nurture these future local talents.

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