Alex Tan of States Times Review quoting Minister Ong Ye Kung out of context over his comments on our education system!
Reducing the over-emphasis on academic achievement and grades, and which encourage students to pursue their passions and talents doesn’t equate to what Alex Tan said about lowering the standard of qualifications for our educational system!
- http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/budget-2017-about-doing-things-differently-says-ong-ye-kungThis year’s Budget is about changing the way things are done here so as to help Singapore stay ahead of the curve in the disruptive economy, Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said yesterday.
He noted that the Budget debate – which ended last Thursday after eight days of parliamentary sittings – took place in the wake of economic uncertainty and a report from the Committee on the Future Economy that has sparked debate over whether Singaporeans have the relevant skills to take on future jobs.
He added that the Government’s financial plans for the year do not involve major fiscal adjustments nor huge resource adjustments, as these have been carried out previously.
“Instead, this economic exercise is about us doing things differently from before,” said Mr Ong, who gave out awards to some 330 students in the Canberra ward together with fellow Sembawang GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak yesterday.
The students received Education Merit Awards for their good academic performance. In addition, 185 students were given the Canberra Education Award for their academic performance and good conduct.
Citing the education system as an example, Mr Ong said that it may appear unchanged on the outside, like a computer.
“But inside, the operating system is changing, the algorithm is changing. From the Education Ministry’s perspective, that is an overwhelming adjustment,” said Mr Ong.
Unlike the case in the earlier days, big changes in the system cannot be brought about by pumping money into infrastructure projects, such as by building a new polytechnic or university, he added. Instead, he said, the changes that he and Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng announced last week can prepare students for the new economy.