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  • Concerns about parents hot-housing pre-schoolers

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 25, 2017 | Hits: 646

    In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the Government’s commitment to enhance pre-school education. It is indeed timely for Singapore to extend its focus to pre-school education, given research on the positive impact of early childhood experiences on life outcomes. Access to pre-school education also boosts social mobility, as many…..

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  • Improving the Role of Private Education Institutions

    By: IPS Editor | Jun 14, 2017 | Hits: 770

    With the government’s emphasis on lifelong learning and professional conversion programmes, is our private education industry the weak link in this effort, or is it ready to play a key role in shaping our workforce and the transformation of the Singapore economy? The outlook for private education institutions (PEIs) is mixed and uncertain for some……

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  • Picking Up a Third Language Can Firm Up Bonds Between S’poreans

    By: IPS Editor | Jun 09, 2017 | Hits: 2191

    “Being Singaporean has never been a matter of subtraction, but of addition … not of limitation and contraction, but of openness and expansion,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the recent opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Even as we hold on to our own ethnic identity, we must be receptive to the…..

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  • School Mergers: More Questions than Answers Provided

    By: IPS Editor | Apr 25, 2017 | Hits: 3142

    I wrote about the demise of our heritage schools three years ago, and how policymakers had — in a one stroke of the pen — erased a suite of pioneer institutions built by our forefathers who had faithfully devoted themselves to the education mission. The announcement last Thursday by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on…..

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  • Change the Way We Conduct Citizenship Education

    By: IPS Editor | Mar 03, 2017 | Hits: 1086

    I am part of a team of students and teachers currently working with Riverside Secondary School on their Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) programme. A year ago, we surveyed 100 students from secondary schools, polytechnics and junior colleges on the CCE programme and found the following: 75% felt the programmes were necessary but require improvements…..

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  • To Boost Productivity, Help our Young Acquire the Right “Soft Skills”

    By: IPS Editor | Dec 30, 2016 | Hits: 1439

    Productivity growth in Singapore has been stagnant since 2014. At the Singapore Productivity Conference and Exhibition organised by the Singapore Business Federation on 1 November 2016, Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say cautioned that Singapore would lose its competitive edge unless productivity improves. One of the major efforts to boost productivity levels locally is the…..

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  • Leave No One Behind in Move to Digital Economy

    By: IPS Editor | Oct 13, 2016 | Hits: 1165

    Efforts are under way to identify new areas of growth for Singapore amid volatility in the global economy and rapid technological change. The Committee on the Future Economy, tasked to chart a blueprint for Singapore’s economic future, last month released findings from their broad public consultations. A key theme of discussion, it said, was on…..

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  • People, Relationships and a Vibrant Musical Landscape

    By: IPS Editor | Jun 13, 2016 | Hits: 1828

    In his book Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening, musician and author Christopher Small wrote: The act of musicking establishes in the place where it is happening a set of relationships between its participants… Meaning is to be found not only between those organized sounds which are conventionally thought of as the stuff of…..

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  • Why reading should be a compulsory subject in school

    By: IPS Editor | May 25, 2016 | Hits: 7050
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    Let’s make reading a compulsory subject in our primary and secondary schools. In fact, let’s make it examinable too. This idea might seem hare-brained at first glance. But I believe that it will transform us not only as individuals but also as a nation. The benefits of reading are widely established. As I argued last…..

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  • Equity, Education and the Economy

    By: IPS Editor | Dec 21, 2015 | Hits: 1495

    There are, in my opinion, three issues the education system will increasingly face in coming decades: Issues of perceived differences and equitable outcomes; escaping the credentialist economy trap; and more broadly, the fear of making too many tweaks to an already internationally recognised system. Imagined differences and real outcomes In 2002, I had a pale,…..

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