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S'PORE TEENS EXPERIENCE 3RD HIGHEST RATE OF BULLYING IN THE WORLD

A 2015 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that Singaporean teens experience the 3rd highest rate of bullying in a survey of 50 other countries and economies. Bullying rates in Singapore are exceeded only by New Zealand and Latvia.

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HAVING MORE FOREIGNERS IN SCHOOLS WILL GIVE US BETTER OPPORTUNITIES

ST forummer Anne Chong suggested to welcome more foreigners into our schools. She said foreign and local children could develop friendships that might bloom into strong business ties in the future. Local parents, too, will have more opportunities for networking. This would prove very useful when they want to explore business opportunities in these foreign lands. She also said this is particularly relevant at a time when there is an excess of capacity in schools due to a declining cohort of local children.

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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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STUDENTS CLEANING CLASSROOMS IS NOW NATIONAL NEWS

Students having to clean their classrooms at the end of the day before dismissal also now becomes a piece of news. In fact, a Minister made this his crusade for kids to have "area cleaning" time before they leave for home.

Kids nowadays are so privileged. Maybe they have never hold a broom, dusters and other cleaning tools before this. Of course, their maids will do all the cleaning for them, the kids will not know what cleaning up after means. Just over a generation ago, cleaning of classrooms was normal practice. We all had to do our part in making sure the classrooms are always swept, and rubbish always cleared, while the blackboards are always maintained before and after lessons.

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STUDENTS' COLOR UNDERWEAR IN WHITE UNIFORM SO UNSIGHTLY

I would like to highlight to schools, especially secondary schools with white uniform tops and bottoms that your quality of your school pants sucks, and please either you make do with not having white long pants or ask your students not to wear coloured, especially dark coloured (black) underwear.

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ITE GIRL: ITE TEACHERS DO NOT SHOW THEIR STUDENTS ANY RESPECT!

Some educators from ITE College West have been discriminating students from the start. They have told students explicitly that they should count themselves lucky that they were taken in despite their ‘appearance’. Not only that, they do not care about the welfare of students. Students try to strive and work hard for their exams, and approach their respective teachers for revision papers. To their dismay, they were turned away and were even told that there was no need for that and a pass will just be adequate for them.

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MANY SACRIFICES MADE BY TEACHERS IN SINGAPORE

This email is with regard to the news that MOE wishes to start charging teachers for parking. While the public remains divided about this issue, and many are quick to point out that teachers had a pay rise last year, none of the forums point out the following realities for teachers in MOE schools:

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