Tag Archives: MOE

Have You Seen My Childhood?

I recently read a journal entry of a 13 year-old boy studying in a highly reputable school. He takes 11 subjects, including 3 languages, music electives and an intensive extra curricula activity which demands his time from 7am until 7pm for 2 to 3 times per week. Here in Singapore, studying is pretty much like a full time, or maybe overtime, job. In schools, the primary focus is on how many distinctions you can achieve. There is little room for and attention given to an average student. Everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or make-up, is expected to be an “A” student. And besides, the school principal, who is very much like a corporate CEO, is assessed based on how many academic geniuses he can produce in his school. Conversely, if he fails to do so, it will reflect badly on his performance grading, which will translate to a slower promotion or even none.

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More to varsity than getting a degree: Indranee

Students should enrol in university to gain broader knowledge than just the degrees they earn, and "emerge with an enlarged worldview" having learnt ideas with power to have impact on lives, she said. "The attainment of the degree is not an end in itself. The degree doesn't make you a better person... a good person," she added. "The ultimate purpose of the university is really for the betterment of the person, society and mankind." Later, in a panel discussion with NUS provost Tan Eng Chye and Straits Times Editor at Large Han Fook Kwang, Ms Indranee said she hoped Singapore universities would one day become "powerhouses" in generating ideas.

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Shed light on policies

Sometimes, it is painful when my company proposes a programme and the relevant agency puts up the ITQ, using the idea, specifications and requirements. But the next thing you know, another company is awarded the contract because it has submitted the lowest quote. Sometimes you cannot blame the agencies. Based on the business excellence model, they are told to build good relationships with their suppliers and sustain results and outcomes.

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Education system should prepare students to handle emotions

Schools have counsellors to help students deal with such issues. But perhaps we could schedule weekly or monthly half- or one-hour sessions on dealing with emotions and responding appropriately in writing or verbally. During these sessions, students could be taught the significance of emotions in daily life and, in particular, the possible adverse effects of responding inappropriately to someone who is already experiencing intense emotions.

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Appeal for waiver of $76,000 bond payment for failing teaching course from Minister of education Mr Heng Swee Kiat

I am appealing on behalf of Mr Zulfikli, who has written to us regarding MOE’s request for his daughter Zafirah Hamizah Bte Zulfikli to pay back a bond of $76,000 for failing her teaching course at NIE. We also find the bond payback both ridiculous and unreasonable especially when hundreds of millions of taxpayer money is splashed on foreign students studying on scholarship here.

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32-YEARS OLD TEACHER CHARGED FOR HAVING SEX WITH 15-YEARS OLD STUDENT

A school teacher was charged in court on Monday with 10 counts of sexual abuse and committing an obscene act with a 15-year-old student. The 32-year-old bespectacled man is alleged to have had sex with her eight times and committing an obscene act with her twice. The alleged offences occurred at various places including his home and hotels over a four-month period.

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ZENON: “FOREIGN DEGREES ARE GOLD WHILE LOCAL ONES ARE TRASH”

Plus I really do "like" how when students apply for local universities, they don't get what they want. Everyone seems to have stellar grades nowadays and there really is an issue of grade inflation. Often, a potential candidate is missed out simply because of "limited spaces". The candidates that are chosen are based on the shallow criteria of having good grades rather than passion. "Good" grades nowadays are nothing less than perfection. Schools are definitely sending out the message that "If you aren't perfect, don't bother applying."

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HENG SWEE KEAT HIGHLIGHTS THE BENEFITS OF SPONSORING FT STUDENTS

Citing his experience when he was a civil servant at the Trade and Industry Ministry, he noted that when he travelled in the region negotiating trade agreements, he met many people who had studied in Singapore institutions. “There is such a reservoir of goodwill and friendship and trust that allows us to do things together,” he said in his reply to Mr Png. Mr Heng also noted that Singapore was not the only country seeking to draw talented students from abroad. He said that China has given several Singaporeans scholarships to study in its universities.

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MOE doing more to track foreign students who took grants & defaulted on bonds

The Education Ministry has been stepping up efforts to better track foreign students who took tuition grants for their studies in Singapore but have not served their bonds. It takes action against those who default on service obligations by pursuing liquidated damages against them, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said in Parliament on Friday. When liquidated damages cannot be recovered, their status as bond defaulters would be taken into consideration should they apply to work or reside in Singapore.

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HENG SWEE KEAT: PLAY TIME IMPORTANT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Highlighting the importance of play in early childhood development, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who was Guest of Honour at the event, said: “Play time is not a waste of time - in fact, play brings very important values in developing the self-confidence and social skills of our children, in stimulating their curiosity to explore the world around them and in nurturing their creativity.

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