Merger

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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UPCOMING MERGER OF NEIGHBOURHOOD JUNIOR COLLEGES REEK OF ELITISM

MOE announced that due to falling student enrolment, 8 junior colleges will merge by 2019. That sounds fine until you see the list of JC MOE wishes to merge and you notice that all of these 8 junior colleges are from the neighbourhoods. Why are these JCs being targeted for merger and not those big name elite JCs? This merger reeks of elitism which MOE has been quick to deny all these years, claiming that every school is a good school. But when push comes to shove to decide which schools to cut, they cut only the normal neighbourhood schools and leave the other ELITE schools as they are.

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SCOOT & TIGER ANNOUNCE BRAND MERGER: CURRENT BOOKINGS NOT AFFECTED

Scoot and our sister airline, Tigerair, today announce our intention to operate under one brand banner. This brand integration is expected to take place in the latter half of 2017, and presents our guests with more destination options and enables a more seamless travel experience. All current Scoot/Tigerair bookings and flights are not impacted by this announcement.

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