SINGAPORE - Education minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday has called for an "active partnership" of parents and other stakeholders to support students to be engaged learners.
Here is the Minister Facebook post in full:
"It is the first day of school tomorrow. For many of us in education, there is nothing like that first-day look on the children's faces - it is one of pure wonder and eagerness to learn.
"I know it can be a day of anxiety for parents who worry if your little ones will be able to cope on their own, or if they will enjoy their lessons. But even for the most anxious parents amongst us, it is also a day of pride and hope. On my children's first days at school, when I saw all their new schoolmates, chattering with excitement, I felt a strong sense of promise. I thought, they will learn many new things, they will discover their strengths and passions, and they can reach for their dreams.
"Like every parent and every teacher, I want every child to succeed. All of us at MOE and in our schools are dedicated to giving our children a broad and deep educational foundation that prepares them for a lifelong journey of life and learning. We look forward to doing this with the active partnership of parents and anyone who cares about the future of our children. Let's work together to support Every Student to be an Engaged Learner. Let's give them the knowledge, skills and values that will help them succeed in life and be good people. And let's remember to give them the love and encouragement to enjoy these learning years. One day, our little ones will have the same pleasure of sending their children to the first day of school. When that day comes, I hope they will remember their own first days with joy.
"Students who are coming back to another year of school - you are older now and the younger ones will look up to you. Keep doing your best in school and at home, and remember to be helpful to your parents, your teachers and your friends in school.
"Teachers and school staff, hope you had a restful, refreshing break. Welcome back, I wish you a great new year of filling and shaping young minds. I look forward to working with everyone in this new school year to prepare our children for fulfilling and happy lives."