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SMS causing English language standards to slip: report

For instance, some students now spell the word "before" as "b4", "night" as "nite" and "with" as "wif".
Neo Tick Watt, a principal at Tampines Secondary School, said he was concerned efforts to promote the
use of good English are "being undone by SMS," a report in the daily said.
But Montford Secondary School's principal Simen Lourds said it was natural for students to use SMS as it
was the "in-thing."
Some educators said students resorted to using SMS language due to laziness, but sometimes they are
unaware that it was wrong.
"It can be grammatically incorrect, but because it is used so much, it becomes acceptable," said
Suparman Adam, principal at Bukit Batok Secondary.
A former British colony, the majority of Singapore's 3.2 million people are proficient in English, which is
one of four official languages and the language of administration in the multi-racial Southeast Asian
But the widespread use of Singlish -- a hybrid combining English, Chinese, Malay and Indian -- was
enough to spark a national campaign held annually in recent years to promote the proper use of the
English language.