Heritage centre's teachable moments

Heritage centre's teachable moments
Eye-catching exhibits displayed in the Ministry of Education Heritage Centre. Set up in 2011, it was previously open only to new teachers as part of their induction programme.

A dissected white rat preserved in a jar used in biology classes and Japanese-language textbooks from the Japanese Occupation are among the eye-catching exhibits displayed in the Ministry of Education Heritage Centre.

Members of the public can now see these fragments of Singapore's education history dating back to the early colonial era for the first time.

The centre on Monday opened the free exhibition to the public, in time for the school holidays.

Set up in 2011, the centre was previously open only to new teachers as part of their induction programme.

Visitors can borrow iPods that function as virtual tour guides.

About 30 iPod sets are currently available, but the centre is looking to add tablets for those who prefer a larger screen. "Everyone has been a part of our education story in some way," said Ms Sarin Abdullah, the centre's head.

"We hope that visitors who spend time here will come to an understanding of the nature of our education system."

The centre is next to Commonwealth MRT station and occupies the former premises of New Town Primary and Permaisura Primary schools.

Three levels of classrooms have been converted into galleries to showcase the exhibits.

The MOE Heritage Centre is open on weekdays until Dec 20, and on Fridays from next year during school terms from 10am to 4pm.

linettel@sph.com.sg


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