Tag Archives: National Day Rally 2014

Parents welcome move to better reward non-graduate teachers

Ms Madeline Ang, who has two children in primary school, feels that it is better to have graduates teaching in secondary schools as the syllabus is tougher. Raffles Girls’ School principal Poh Mun See said a degree is one way for teachers to master the content they teach and, together with good teaching skills, enhances teaching.

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O-LEVEL HOLDERS NOW SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS

DEPUTY Superintendents of Police (DSP) Roy Lim and Khamisah Talip never dreamt they would become senior police officers with just their O-level qualifications to their names. But after more than a dozen years on the force, DSP Lim made history through his investigation of three murders involving the discovery of body parts, while DSP Khamisah tackled the case of a white tiger at the Singapore Zoo which mauled a cleaner to death.

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BRIDGING GAP IS PRIORITY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES UNIT

The MSO will not cause further delays by adding a layer of bureaucracy or require the public to learn a new number to call for help, she added. It will be housed under the Ministry of National Development (MND), which said in a statement yesterday that the goal is to "improve the Government's overall coordination and delivery of municipal services". When asked why the MSO has not involved town councils, Ms Fu said that is an area still under consideration. "But we need town councils to cooperate, obviously."

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POOR STUDENTS STUCK WITH MORE DEBT PURSUING BETTER PAPER QUALIFICATIONS: SPP

In the UK for example, manufacturing firms offer apprenticeship programmes allowing non-graduates to become highly-paid specialists. Wage is the most important consideration. PM Lee gave a few examples of non-graduates who succeeded in their careers. But a​re their wages as high as their university peers who are already in management-level positions? We believe a better way would be to track the quality of non-management jobs created by economic agencies.

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YOUNG, JOBLESS AND AT A DEAD END IN THE SINGAPORE JOB MARKET

During my time in ICA, favoritism towards people with diplomas, degrees and above and those with family/spousal/sibling ties within ICA and other stat boards was very common to the point that it did bruise my ego and self-esteem. Whatever I learnt in ITE was underutilized or not utilized at all at work. I was underpaid too, my gross salary would be around $1.1-1.2k. I would bring back around $700-900 as basic pay. There were no fringe benefits as a temp and some people said to me that ICA is trying to exploit me. Seeing colleagues and old friends in other industries get promoted and are paid higher left me jealous and livid. Always doing back-end admin stuff and then suddenly exposed to facing clients and talking to customers on the phone or email also affected the way I communicate effectively with people at work later on.

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SINGAPOREANS PRAISE PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG

Netizens participating in a discussion of the National Day Rally speech organised on Facebook by government feedback unit REACH yesterday lauded Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments about valuing those with lower academic qualifications and enhancing the career prospects of non-graduates.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG’S ACCOUNT NOT OVERLY ROSY

We do not expect all eligible Singaporeans to take up the Lease Buyback Scheme. Those who wish to bequeath their homes are free to do so, especially if their children support them or they have other sources of retirement income. The fact that most eligible home owners have not taken up the Lease Buyback Scheme may well be a positive sign that most seniors do in fact have other support, and are adequately provided for in retirement.

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Impishly, PM Lee…

Prime minister did not bore the audience. He told stories, cracked jokes, presented videos and images on a huge screen to make his points. He is comfortable with technology and seemed empathetic, too, as he singled out members of the audience to talk about their achievements and contributions to Singapore. We also saw what is to come as he outlined plans for the future. Touching on the past, present and future, he gave a sustained narrative that showed how special Singapore is. David Ogilvy the legendary adman said you have to believe in your product to produce a good ad. PM Lee certainly looked a capable pitchman for Singapore, forward-looking, comfortable with technology, experienced, conversant with the past, master of details. The way he pinpointed details on a map of Jurong as he outlined plans to remake it showed his grasp (and, perhaps, his military training).

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