Parents choosing a secondary school for their 12-year-olds should focus on factors beyond the school's cut-off point, and consider the learning environment most suitable for their child, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Sunday.
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Here is Mr Heng's Facebook post in full:
Know your child. Understand what suits him. Give him the environment that will bring out the best in him.
This is what I’ve been seeing and hearing from parents and friends, and I fully agree with you. I am deeply encouraged by the way that many parents think first about what is best for our children.
Now that the PSLE results are out, I’m sure many parents and their P6 children are discussing which secondary school to choose. The secondary school years are important developmental years – the students are entering the early teenage years when they will undergo many physical, social and emotional developments. It is good to have an open talk with your children to know what type of secondary school they are interested in, that will help them to thrive, learn and grow – not just academically, but holistically. I am sure you want your child to grow up not just to excel in their studies, but to be confident and well-rounded, with good character and sound values.