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18 May 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 5
Have open forum to help those struggling with voyeuristic behaviour

Recently, Ms Denise Phua, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, said in response to the rise in voyeurism cases on campuses: "One case is one too many. It is critical to also develop an effective communications strategy to ensure all current and future students are kept fully aware of what is not acceptable behaviour and the consequences thereof" (Stronger disciplinary measures right way to go: Students, MPs, May 16). So far......



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13 May 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 8
Make national language compulsory

With Singapore commemorating its bicentennial this year, I think it is a good time to make Malay, Singapore's national language, compulsory in schools. I got to know more about Singapore's heritage and Malay culture while following the bicentennial celebrations, and I now understand why our national language is Malay. I now feel more pride when singing our National Anthe......



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19 Apr 2019
Ministry of Education
Compliment View - 114
Schools prepare kids for when they enter workforce

In studying the recipe for Singapore's successful transformation from a Third World country to a First World one, I learnt that education has been highly instrumental to Singapore's economic success. I can say with certitude that if our Ministry of Education (MOE) is in keeping with the foresight that has driven Singapore's educational planning all these decades, we are on a good track. span style="......



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11 Apr 2019
Ministry of Education
Negative View - 252
Difficult for PEI graduates to get jobs

An article in TODAY newspaper showed that 27.2% of fresh graduates from private education institutes (PEI) were either unemployed, or in part-time/ temporary employment even 6 months after graduation. Private education is not the first-choice education route for any average family students. They are ‘consolation prizes’ for our young people who failed to earn a place in our tertiary institutions and they are expensive for many working class parents wh......



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28 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 4
Take steps to avert stampede for IP, single-stream schools

From 2024, streaming in secondary schools will come to an end, and students of different levels of abilities, who would previously have gone to different streams, may be put in the same class. Some better-off parents may baulk at the thought of their children sharing the same classroom as children who previously would have been eligible only to enter the Normal streams. ......



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08 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 13
New system might result in fewer students in some bands

Those who are in favour of subject-based banding in secondary schools in place of streaming should not cheer too soon (Subject-based banding to replace streaming in schools, March 6). It is good that students who are taking subjects at the same level will have to be grouped into the same class for each lesson. However, the Ministry of Education (MOE) should anticipate the problem that some schools will have with only a few students at o......



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07 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Compliment View - 4
End of streaming will reduce social divide

I believe many Singaporean parents would have cheered Education Minister Ong Ye Kung's announcement that streaming is going to be replaced (Subject-based banding to replace streaming in schools, March 6). The reasons given were certainly logical - to reduce social stigma, avoid pigeonholing students into self-fulfilling prophecies and maximise the potential of every child, taking into consideration different learning and development speeds. br......



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06 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 4
Have competitive and club teams to include all for CCA

Mr Goh Lay Sung raised a salient point about how children could be denied opportunities in developing their extra-curricular interests if they don't exhibit the level of potential or competence necessary for competition (Why are CCAs accepting only the 'best' students?, March 2). When I was in primary school, I was denied the opportunity to play netball because the teacher openly declared that her selection criterion was based on size, and I was bypas......



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06 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 314
Remove streaming in secondary school

I agree with the decision of the minister for education to remove streaming in secondary school from 2024. This will get rid of the label of the students according to the normal or express stream.  He will introduce the subject banding system to replace the streams. I agree with this approach. It is likely to work well for most students. It will however not be a perfect system. There is no perfect system anyway for the complicated subject of educ......



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03 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 129
A different approach towards streaming

I wish to suggest a different approach towards catering for slow learners that was implicitly adopted many years ago. This approach was forgotten when the streaming system was implemented in the 1980s. What was this original approach? When I was in primary school six decades ago, the students who passed each year proceed to the next year. Those who failed stayed back and repeat the current year.  I do ......



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02 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 70
Why are CCAs accepting only the 'best' students?

This year, my son entered secondary school and was looking forward to joining the IT club as his co-curricular activity (CCA). He has always had a strong interest in this area, and was in the IT club in primary school too. Unfortunately, his school limits the number of participants for each CCA, and selects only the best - those who passed an assessment entry test in the case of the IT club - among all the students who showed interest.......



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02 Mar 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 15
Fine-tune streaming process

The streaming process in our education system should be retained to cater to students learning at different speeds. However, I believe it should be fine-tuned to benefit more students (Make streaming process at school more fluid, by Madam Lily Ong, Feb 26). Currently, only the two extreme ends of each cohort benefit from the concept most significantly. Our top A-level students in overseas universities outshine students fr......



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26 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 91
Review security at educational institutions

The recent fight that broke out at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West and involved a dangerous weapon (Girl arrested for attacking another girl with dangerous weapon at ITE College West, Feb 22) is the latest in a series of safety lapses at our educational institutions. It follows the murder of an ITE director at the ITE College Central campus in 2018, the scuffle involving students in a Temasek Polytechnic lecture theatre in 2018......



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25 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 8
Screen external facilitators thoroughly

Mr Goh Chin Leng's call to not make school expedition camps compulsory is timely (Don't make school expedition camps compulsory, Feb 15), and the safety risks he highlights should not be taken lightly. A significant number of camp facilitators are not Ministry of Education staff but employees of external companies providing camp services. It is important to find out whether each facilitator is screened thoroughly before the camp. ......



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18 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 5
Redesign Nanyang Girls' High School uniform

Ms Cindy Guo raised a good point in her letter and it made me wonder why practicality is overlooked in the design of certain school uniforms (Give children respect, privacy, Feb 11). Students spend a substantial part of their day in school. It is important, therefore, for uniforms to be designed with practicality and comfort in mind. A positive example is the uniform of the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. Exce......



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15 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 9
Don't make school expedition camps compulsory

News regarding the arrest of a teacher who had worked for the Ministry of Education for 18 years reflects the inherent difficulties in screening educators (Man held over alleged child sex worked for MOE for 18 years, Feb 10). This is a concern as students nowadays are not merely required to attend school, but to also participate in compulsory overnight camps. From next year, an expedition-based camp is intended to be rolled out for Seco......



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15 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 9
Silly to think lion dance can improve PSLE results

Recently, a friend's son who studies in Westwood Primary School raised an incident that had occurred in the school, which I found troubling. As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, a group of lion dancers was invited to the school. However, as far as I know, not all pupils were able to enjoy the performance in the hall. Instead, pupils from all the levels except for Primary 6 were asked to leave their classrooms and ......



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12 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Negative View - 53
Ensure professionalism of relief teachers

My encounters with relief teachers in the Ministry of Education (MOE) schools have deepened my doubts about their professionalism and responsibilities. In September last year, I gave feedback to my daughter's primary school that some relief teachers used Crimewatch videos as a way to "babysit" the class. On one occasion, a Primary 4 class was shown a Crimewatch episode o......



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12 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 6
Grades and conformity not the only recipe for success

I read with disbelief and dismay the assertion by Ms Low Siew Hua that grades in school are an excellent barometer for other "desirable qualities" (Grades an important gauge for other qualities; Feb 9). The respect for authority and teachers that she champions is believed by some to be a eup......



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12 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 106
More examinations could go digital in future

Minister of education Ong Ye Kung said that more examinations could go digital in future. There is positive feedback to the pilot exercise but the ministry needs to consider the readiness of schools and students. He also said that we should not inadvertently disadvantage students who may not be exposed to computers as much as others. I wish to suggest how these problems could be addressed. We should make digital examinati......



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11 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 6
Give children respect, privacy

The recent incident in which a teacher unbuttoned a student's blouse to check the colour of her bra has sparked appropriate outrage due to the humiliation suffered by the students (Nanyang Girls' High apologises after attire check made students 'feel uncomfortable', Jan 29). This brings to light the arbitrary nature of school attire rules. Nanyang Girls' High School (NYGH) allows students to wear only white or beige bras to look "neat and presentable". My alma mater......



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11 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 7
Stronger inter-agency tie-ups can better help at-risk families

I applaud the Ministry of Education's (MOE) move in convening the Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families Taskforce (Uplift) to strengthen support for underperforming and at-risk students. If the recommendations address the underlying issues faced by disadvantaged families, this could act as a catalyst in tackling social inequality. Disadvantaged families often face complex multi-layered challenges, where providing only financial assistance wi......



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09 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 3
P1 syllabus must include teaching pupils basics

It was disconcerting to read about a teacher's social media post saying that parents should be responsible for teaching their children to read (Who should teach kids to read: Teachers or parents?; Jan 28). As an English language teacher with more than 30 years' experience, I can confidently say that just because a child cannot read in Primary 1 does not mean the child, parent or teacher is lazy or stupid. Not all parents are trained or naturally good ......



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08 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 31
Better to ask if IB is suited to individuals

The discussion about whether Singapore should forgo A-level exams and choose the International Baccalaureate (IB) system instead is an interesting one. But instead of asking if the IB is a better fit for Singapore students, it would be better to ask if it is suited to each individual student (Is IB a better fit for S'pore students?, by Mr Ivan Goh; Jan 31). ......



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08 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 34
Education system's job to teach pupils the basics

I was flabbergasted when I read about Ms Lenny Rahman attributing a pupil's inability to read certain words to negligence on the part of his parents (Who should teach kids to read: Teachers or parents?; Jan 28). Instead of probing further to understand his situation and giving the feedback to his English teacher, her instinctive reaction was to blame his parents for it. ......



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05 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Negative View - 86
Missing O-Level papers

I refer to the news that 32 answer scripts for the GCE O-Level Additional Mathematics Paper 2 are lost because the examiner marking them had his bag mistakenly taken by someone on a train in England. I’m dismayed that action has not been taken quickly by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate — otherwise known as Cambridge Assessment — to address such situations, especially since A-Level C......



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02 Feb 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 13
Is International Baccalaureate a better fit for Singapore students?

The Singapore students who aced the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam must be congratulated (Why Singapore students consistently ace IB exam; Jan 21). According to British newspaper The Telegraph, there is a general acceptance that 35 points in the IB is equivalent to an AAA score in the ......



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24 Jan 2019
Ministry of Education
Feedback View - 10
Teachers are dedicated lot

Miss Aisling Ong's Forum letter may evoke dissonance among readers concerned about teachers not carrying out their responsibility to care for all their pupils, despite the latter having behavioural issues or parents who are uncooperative (Teachers should not give up on difficult students; Jan 22). span style="font-s......



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20 Jan 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 91
Marking of examination scripts

There were a few cases in recent years of examination scripts being lost in transit to the marking centers.  I suggest that the scrips should be scanned and the soft copy send for marking.  This will speed up the delivery of the examination scripts and avoid the risk of being lost in transit. Tan Kin Lian  ......



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19 Jan 2019
Ministry of Education
Suggestion View - 83
Mark exam scripts in Singapore

There was a recent incident where examination scripts were lost in transit for marking in the United Kingdom. Some people asked - why can't we mark the examination script in Singapore? This will stop the incidence of loss of examination scripts in transits. I recalled this loss also occurred a few years earlier. I am in favor of marking the examination scripts in Singapore - but not for the reason given. If examination scripts are lost in transit, the......



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