Alternative energy the way forward

Alternative energy the way forward

MORE Singaporeans are switching to solar energy to save on utility bills ("More S'poreans using solar power to trim bills"; May 12). Yet, commercial and industrial properties still form the majority of solar energy users.

Clean energy is becoming more important in mitigating the harmful impact of global warming.

As a responsible member of the international community, Singapore can play a more active role in promoting the use of alternative energy sources. The Government could consider installing solar cells in government buildings, schools or even HDB blocks.

While the upfront cost may be high, solar cells will be more cost-effective in the long run.

Government grants could be offered to businesses and organisations to offset the high upfront cost of installing solar panels.

In 2012, renewable sources accounted for 9.3 per cent of United States energy consumption.

In contrast, Singapore aims for renewable energy to supply only 5 per cent of peak electricity demand by 2020.

We can afford to be more aggressive in tackling climate change, to achieve real and substantial environmental and economic benefits for all Singaporeans.

Nur Ilyanni Mohd Suhaimi, 16, Secondary 4 student

Raising standards from a young age

I AGREE with Lee Song Yang that Higher English should be introduced in schools, especially primary schools ("Offer Higher English as school subject"; June 11).

Currently, the English Language Elective Programme, which is like Higher English, is offered to only older students in junior colleges.

Young pupils with a flair for the English language should be nurtured from a young age. Higher English should be introduced in Primary 5, like Higher Mother Tongue, and be made an examinable subject to allow pupils with a better command of the language to sharpen their skills.

Mastering proper English will be an added advantage in the working world, which is why it is crucial to introduce Higher English to raise Singapore's English language standards to an even higher level. Adriale Pang Ren Jie, 11, Primary 6 pupil

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This article was first published on July 2, 2014.
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