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19 Sep 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 6
Attracting and retaining good pre-school teachers a priority

The new chief executive officer of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Ms Jamie Ang, said that at the heart of good pre-schools are good teachers (Wanted: Pre-school teachers with a heart, Sept 9). I look forward to seeing more quality teaching staff entering the industry. But first, the CEO would need to set up more training centres to ensure there is a sufficient number of teachers to meet the greater demand for pre-schools. The shortage ......



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17 Sep 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 3
Training providers should apply to be part of PSEA-approved list

I was heartened to hear from the Ministry of Education that training providers can apply for their courses to be considered for inclusion in the list of Post-Secondary Education Account-approved courses (Post-Secondary Education Account can be used for selected SkillsFuture courses, July 8). Since then, I have e-mailed several training providers requesting that they apply for this inclusion, as I believe their courses could be useful for one's career and personal development. Howe......



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13 Sep 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 6
Nurture a new generation of trilingual Singaporeans

I am happy to note that some schools are offering a third language to students, though only up to a conversational level. Trilingualism is important. Learning a third language up to a conversational level is practical and achievable. Knowing a language will open the door to knowing a culture and race. This is a perfect way to interracial tolerance and understanding. Think of the advantage to Singaporeans who can relate to......



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22 Aug 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 5
Take best three out of four subjects for PSLE

Central to the online petition signed by more than 6,800 parents about the new Primary School Leaving Examination scoring system is the assignment of poorer PSLE scores to children exempted from studying mother tongue languages (Parents petition to review PSLE scoring system for those exempt from MTL, Aug 13)./sp......



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19 Aug 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 1
Mixing kids of different learning abilities can bridge gaps

In Anglo-Chinese School where I was educated back in the 1960s and 1970s, primary school classes were grade-blind and every standard had academically good and poorer pupils evenly distributed among the classrooms. Some shone in the classroom but things evened out very nicely on the sports field where the nerds were easily shown up in physical competition. There was little animosity among fellow classmates and schoolm......



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15 Aug 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 2
Pupils exempt from MTL benefit under current PSLE scoring system

Some parents claim that the way the new Primary School Leaving Examination scoring system will be applied to children exempted from studying mother tongue languages (MTL) is unfair (Parents petition to review PSLE scoring system for those exempt from MTL, Aug 13). On ......



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09 Aug 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 218
Should we continue with the competitive education system?

Over the past decades, we have adopted a competitive education system. The aim of this system is to identify the top students and to offer them scholarships and put them into leadership roles in government. Many other Asian countries have also adopted a similar approach. It has its positive aspects. It encourages the students to study hard and perform well in the examinations.br data-text="tr......



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07 Aug 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 305
Financial support for foreign students

The education minister said that the government spends $238 million a year on scholarship and tuition grants for international students. This is only a small part of the $13 billion that the government spends on education, of which a large part is spent on educating local students. Some Singaporeans are unhappy that they or their parents have to take up study loans while the government funds international students. Furthermore, the places taken up by the international students cou......



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05 Aug 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 199
Reform the education system instead of tinkering with scoring

I am pessimistic about the new PSLE scoring system that is being introduced by the education minister. It will not solve the underlying problem about reducing the stress and competition in education. It will create more confusion and uncertainty. What can be done to deal with the underlying problem? Here are my suggestions. a) We have to recognize that the economy needs people with various kinds of skills to do the real jobs in the economy. Many of th......



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03 Jul 2019
Ministry of Education
Negative View - 10
Does MOE have whistle-blowing policy for sexual misconduct?

I was deeply perturbed to read that a male principal allegedly molested seven teenage boys on the premises of the secondary school he was heading (Principal allegedly molested 7 boys in school, June 27). The number of sexual offences committed by educators in the last few years is alarming. The perpetrators......



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02 Jul 2019
Ministry of Education
Reply View - 4
MOE continues to improve teachers' welfare

We fully agree with Mr Ho Kong Loon (Do more to reduce teachers' workload, June 27) that the welfare of teachers must always be prioritised. The findings he refers to are from the Teaching and Learning International Survey 2018, a self-reporting global survey from the perspective of teachers. In it, Singapore teachers reported a two-hour reduction in their workload, compar......



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22 Jun 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 1
Accord teachers due recognition and respect

Having teachers work fewer hours but teach more may not necessarily address the need to look after the welfare of teachers and help them teach more effectively and efficiently (Teachers work fewer hours now, but teach more: Poll, June 20). Teachers are at the front line of education and play a major role in shaping the values, knowledge and skills of our children. They are pillars of the nation-building process because they help to moul......



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21 Jun 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 1
School counsellors need more support

I share Madam Shirley Woon Li Lin's concern about how counselling is conducted in our educational institutions (Review counselling system in all institutions, June 19). I know of the challenges faced by school counsellors in doing their jobs - interference from heads of department, principals and vice-principals, school staff not supporting the counsellor's intervention strategies with challenged students, and, as cited by Madam Woon, lack of adherenc......



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23 May 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 6
Encourage more mingling between children and older folk

Bridging the generation gap should be encouraged during a child's formative years (Kids learn to see seniors in different light; May 20). Inter-generational programmes for pre-schoolers are important as these shape their thoughts and views towards older people as the children grow up. Good work has been done by NTUC Health and Apex Harmony Lodge in promoting interactions between seniors and young children. We need to chan......



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18 May 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 5
Have open forum to help those struggling with voyeuristic behaviour

Recently, Ms Denise Phua, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, said in response to the rise in voyeurism cases on campuses: "One case is one too many. It is critical to also develop an effective communications strategy to ensure all current and future students are kept fully aware of what is not acceptable behaviour and the consequences thereof" (Stronger disciplinary measures right way to go: Students, MPs, May 16). So far......



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13 May 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 8
Make national language compulsory

With Singapore commemorating its bicentennial this year, I think it is a good time to make Malay, Singapore's national language, compulsory in schools. I got to know more about Singapore's heritage and Malay culture while following the bicentennial celebrations, and I now understand why our national language is Malay. I now feel more pride when singing our National Anthe......



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19 Apr 2019
Ministry of Education
Compliment View - 119
Schools prepare kids for when they enter workforce

In studying the recipe for Singapore's successful transformation from a Third World country to a First World one, I learnt that education has been highly instrumental to Singapore's economic success. I can say with certitude that if our Ministry of Education (MOE) is in keeping with the foresight that has driven Singapore's educational planning all these decades, we are on a good track. span style="......



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11 Apr 2019
Ministry of Education
Negative View - 296
Difficult for PEI graduates to get jobs

An article in TODAY newspaper showed that 27.2% of fresh graduates from private education institutes (PEI) were either unemployed, or in part-time/ temporary employment even 6 months after graduation. Private education is not the first-choice education route for any average family students. They are ‘consolation prizes’ for our young people who failed to earn a place in our tertiary institutions and they are expensive for many working class parents wh......



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28 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 4
Take steps to avert stampede for IP, single-stream schools

From 2024, streaming in secondary schools will come to an end, and students of different levels of abilities, who would previously have gone to different streams, may be put in the same class. Some better-off parents may baulk at the thought of their children sharing the same classroom as children who previously would have been eligible only to enter the Normal streams. ......



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08 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 13
New system might result in fewer students in some bands

Those who are in favour of subject-based banding in secondary schools in place of streaming should not cheer too soon (Subject-based banding to replace streaming in schools, March 6). It is good that students who are taking subjects at the same level will have to be grouped into the same class for each lesson. However, the Ministry of Education (MOE) should anticipate the problem that some schools will have with only a few students at o......



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07 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Compliment View - 4
End of streaming will reduce social divide

I believe many Singaporean parents would have cheered Education Minister Ong Ye Kung's announcement that streaming is going to be replaced (Subject-based banding to replace streaming in schools, March 6). The reasons given were certainly logical - to reduce social stigma, avoid pigeonholing students into self-fulfilling prophecies and maximise the potential of every child, taking into consideration different learning and development speeds. br......



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06 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 4
Have competitive and club teams to include all for CCA

Mr Goh Lay Sung raised a salient point about how children could be denied opportunities in developing their extra-curricular interests if they don't exhibit the level of potential or competence necessary for competition (Why are CCAs accepting only the 'best' students?, March 2). When I was in primary school, I was denied the opportunity to play netball because the teacher openly declared that her selection criterion was based on size, and I was bypas......



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06 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 367
Remove streaming in secondary school

I agree with the decision of the minister for education to remove streaming in secondary school from 2024. This will get rid of the label of the students according to the normal or express stream.  He will introduce the subject banding system to replace the streams. I agree with this approach. It is likely to work well for most students. It will however not be a perfect system. There is no perfect system anyway for the complicated subject of educ......



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03 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 280
A different approach towards streaming

I wish to suggest a different approach towards catering for slow learners that was implicitly adopted many years ago. This approach was forgotten when the streaming system was implemented in the 1980s. What was this original approach? When I was in primary school six decades ago, the students who passed each year proceed to the next year. Those who failed stayed back and repeat the current year.  I do ......



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02 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 72
Why are CCAs accepting only the 'best' students?

This year, my son entered secondary school and was looking forward to joining the IT club as his co-curricular activity (CCA). He has always had a strong interest in this area, and was in the IT club in primary school too. Unfortunately, his school limits the number of participants for each CCA, and selects only the best - those who passed an assessment entry test in the case of the IT club - among all the students who showed interest.......



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02 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 16
Fine-tune streaming process

The streaming process in our education system should be retained to cater to students learning at different speeds. However, I believe it should be fine-tuned to benefit more students (Make streaming process at school more fluid, by Madam Lily Ong, Feb 26). Currently, only the two extreme ends of each cohort benefit from the concept most significantly. Our top A-level students in overseas universities outshine students fr......



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26 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 126
Review security at educational institutions

The recent fight that broke out at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West and involved a dangerous weapon (Girl arrested for attacking another girl with dangerous weapon at ITE College West, Feb 22) is the latest in a series of safety lapses at our educational institutions. It follows the murder of an ITE director at the ITE College Central campus in 2018, the scuffle involving students in a Temasek Polytechnic lecture theatre in 2018......



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25 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 8
Screen external facilitators thoroughly

Mr Goh Chin Leng's call to not make school expedition camps compulsory is timely (Don't make school expedition camps compulsory, Feb 15), and the safety risks he highlights should not be taken lightly. A significant number of camp facilitators are not Ministry of Education staff but employees of external companies providing camp services. It is important to find out whether each facilitator is screened thoroughly before the camp. ......



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18 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 5
Redesign Nanyang Girls' High School uniform

Ms Cindy Guo raised a good point in her letter and it made me wonder why practicality is overlooked in the design of certain school uniforms (Give children respect, privacy, Feb 11). Students spend a substantial part of their day in school. It is important, therefore, for uniforms to be designed with practicality and comfort in mind. A positive example is the uniform of the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. Exce......



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15 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 9
Don't make school expedition camps compulsory

News regarding the arrest of a teacher who had worked for the Ministry of Education for 18 years reflects the inherent difficulties in screening educators (Man held over alleged child sex worked for MOE for 18 years, Feb 10). This is a concern as students nowadays are not merely required to attend school, but to also participate in compulsory overnight camps. From next year, an expedition-based camp is intended to be rolled out for Seco......



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