At least 10 senior principals have been appointed to head schools in the heartland from next year, as part of the Ministry of Education's (MOE) push to make "every school a good school" by leveraging on their experience.
They include two cluster superintendents who will helm primary and secondary schools. The annual reshuffle announced on Friday also saw principals from established schools such as Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) and Maha Bodhi School redeployed to lesser known ones. In all, 60 schools - including Raffles Institution and Methodist Girls' School - will get new heads next year. Of the school leaders taking up new posts, 25 are newly appointed principals. In last year's rotation exercise, 59 schools were involved.
While there have been instances of senior principals helming newer schools in recent years, observers say the latest round of changes sent a strong signal that the ministry is serious about raising the standards and profile of heartland schools.
This was spelt out clearly by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who had said ahead of Friday's announcement that he would be sending some of the "most experienced and well regarded" principals to heartland schools "to spread best practices and inject fresh perspectives across our education system".
Mr Tony Tan and Mr Loh Leong Beng, both cluster superintendents who oversee several schools in the north zone, will take over as principal of Northland Primary in Yishun and Zhonghua Secondary in Serangoon respectively.