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MINISTER NG CHEE MENG: SCHOOL MERGER IS PAINFUL BUT NECESSARY, LET'S GO THROUGH THIS TOGETHER

Finally, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng spoke up about school mergers. He posted on Facebook that it is a "painful but necessary decision" which he himself "agonised" over.

He still believes this is the best decision even after considering other possibilities. He explained that some JCs will not even be able to fill half of its intake if they were left by themselves, and this will negatively affect students' educational experiences.

"My educators and I think this cannot be good for our students. We do not take school mergers lightly. We only proceeded with these mergers as we are sure it is for the better for our students to come."

He knows some people will feel a sense of loss but assured that their heritage will be kept alive although he did not say how it can be done. It is not an easy transition but he hopes everyone can go through this difficult journey together.

Get ready ok, must go through ups and downs together.

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PRI SCHOOL GIRL BULLIED IN SCHOOL BY BOY WHO PUNCH, KICK & PUSH HER

My daughter has been very friendly in school but recently she has been bullied by a younger boy whom punch,push and kick her. Just April and my girl has sustained severe injuries twice to thrice which is not her own fault. She was pushed down and till now it still hurt from Jan as it never got to recover due to getting hurt on the knee.

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YALE-NUS INTERATIONAL STUDENTS PETITION AGAINST 3 YEAR BOND FOR TUITION GRANTS

Students from the Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College are petitioning against bonding to local companies for 3 years when they accept the Singapore Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS). TGS is a scheme that helps students pay for their tertiary education in Singapore and is offered to students of local universities, polytechnics and arts institutions etc.

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FEWER FOREIGN STUDENTS TURNING TO SG FOR STUDIES, PRIVATE EDUCATION IN DECLINE

In 2012, there were 100,000 locals and 35,000 foreign students studying in private schools in Singapore. By 2015, the number has fallen to 77,000 locals and 29,000 foreigners. In 2016, Singapore saw the closure of 25 private schools due to fewer foreign students coming in to fill enrollment numbers. The Committee For Private Education (CPE) says a total of 42 schools were de-registered in 2015 and 2016 alone.

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CIVIL SERVANTS NO LONGER NEED DEGREE TO MOVE TO HIGH LEVEL POSITIONS

The government will no longer group civil servants by their education level. Meaning, whether you are degree holder, diploma holder, one with secondary education or primary education as highest level of education, once you are already inside the Civil Service, then you no longer will be tagged to your respective education clusters.

Now, you will be grouped according to your pay scale and the level of experience you have. Good for those who always think they are shortchanged, could not get promoted higher than their education level would allow. But what about those who took up part time studies to get diploma, or degrees? All those nights slaving over books to get to the next level of education qualifications, means now it was just a waste of time?

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