Students' interests are our priority

Students' interests are our priority
Mr David Teo, managing director of CMS, giving advice to a student.

His experience in the education sector made him a respected authority on students' needs and aspirations. Mr David Teo, 71, Managing Director of education consultancy CMS, is a trained graduate teacher.

His interest in education consultancy started 50 years ago, when he was a secondary and pre-university teacher in St Patrick's Secondary School. He was then their first graduate teacher.

He found himself deeply involved in providing career assistance to graduating students under his charge.

That interest was further sharpened when he spent 10 years with The Straits Times Group (the predecessor of Singapore Press Holdings) as an editor in its education publications division.

Mr Teo, who has been in the education consultancy business since 1978, said at his office in Enggor Street: "Principals used to tell me their concerns about how their students would fare after they finished school, as they would have to fend for themselves and could not always depend on someone else to help them.

"I realised that there was a need for an education consultancy service to provide help for graduating students who are unsure of their strengths and how they can use this to their advantage, and also where they can further their studies."

Mr Teo counsels about 300 students every year and helps them decide on the best way to fulfil their career aspirations. He advises every student he helps to purchase an Overseas Student Assist Insurance Policy before they further their studies abroad.

He said: "It costs about a dollar a day, and it safeguards you as a student, in case any accident or incident happens to you while you are overseas."

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