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Diversity in education is our strength

We must build diversity in our schools and nurture soft skills that endure. Diversity is key to our resilience as a country and key to alleviating the unhealthy stress of pursuing the same definition of success.

How far we can move away from an over-emphasis on academic grades to truly embrace strength in diversity depends on the full participation and support of educators and parents, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said.

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Chan Chun SIng

The government is looking to create a new generation of jobs in advanced manufacturing that will make full use of talent and potential. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said the government's definition of success is how students can go beyond the Institutes of Higher Learning to keep learning and improving, and stay at the forefront of the manufacturing sector," he said.

"We are interested in helping our students become lifelong learners and get on to a new trajectory that will allow them to stay competitive in the years to come," Mr Chan said. 

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Indranee Rajah

She co-chaired the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. These are part of Singapore's efforts to gear up to become the leading one-stop shop for international dispute resolution.

She also led a review which resulted in SkillsFuture, a national movement to align education with economic demand, career guidance and lifelong learning.

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Leadership transition: never a straight line

While there may be bumps in the road to leadership renewal – ultimately it is not about speed, but coming to the best decision for the country.

And there remain four worthy “contenders” in Chan Chun Sing, Ong Ye Kung, Lawrence Wong and Desmond Lee, each with their own strengths. Not forgetting – with age on their side to take the country forward into greater decades to come.

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No relationship between class size and learning outcomes said oecd singapore

It's disingenuous of Jamus to compare teacher-student ratios without comparing students' performance. The Pisa international tables suggest that small class sizes do not necessarily create high-performing education systems. In fact, Andreas Schleicher who is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD said, "Everywhere, teachers, parents and policy-makers favour small classes as the key to better and more personalised education... And yet, Pisa results show no relationship between class size and learning outcomes, neither within nor across countries."

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