SINGAPORE - "These are not light decisions. They are thoroughly considered and carefully planned, and we are taking them because they will benefit our children. We shall devote ourselves to the full time it will take to make these plans work," Mr Heng wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
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The following is the blog post from Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat's Facebook page:
We had a really good MOE Work Plan Seminar yesterday. There is always some focus, at a big annual event like the WPS, on the announcements of changes. To me, that is not the purpose of getting together with our school leaders and teachers. We take the time to talk deeply with one another not to chase new things, but to reaffirm our desired attributes of Every School a Good School, Every Student an Engaged Learner, Every Teacher a Caring Educator and Every Parent a Supportive Partner. Yesterday, I really appreciated our teachers' affirmation that our efforts are to give our children a BROAD and DEEP educational foundation that readies them for a LIFELONG journey of life and learning.
To be BROAD, we must remain inclusive in the way we provide opportunities for every child - let's provide multiple pathways in an open and inclusive system that develops different talents in each child to the fullest. Every child should have a way to move up as high as he wants to go. Of course, we must give them a holistic education, so that they can discover their interests.
To be DEEP is to impart deep values and character to our children, to develop in them a deep commitment to country, family and all that makes life good and meaningful. We must also preserve rigour in our education system so that every child develops a strong foundation of literacy, numeracy and 21st century competencies.