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And I hope that by the National Day Rally, which will be at the end of August, we should be ready to make a decision, and I should have something to report

Decision on tudung wearing: in making the change, we must avoid making unintentional consequences with well-intentioned moves, PM said.

"Before we actually make the change, we have to prepare the ground. We have to make sure that everybody understands this is a careful adjustment, not a wholesale change, and we want people to realise what the limits are, as we make these changes," he said.

"We must make sure that Singaporeans, both Muslims and non-Muslim, are ready to accept the move. We are a multi-racial and multi-religious country. It is a delicate balance, but we are fully committed to preserving our harmony and to maintaining our common space," PM Lee added.



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Unexpected turn of events is setback for succession planning: statement from 4G Leaders and Members

The 4G Team describes the unexpected turn of events as a setback for succession planning. They said in a statement, "We recognise that Singaporeans will be concerned. We seek your support and understanding, as we choose another leader for the team. We will continue working as a team to serve our people, and to earn the confidence and trust of all Singaporeans."

The Team is glad that DPM Heng will remain a member of their team, and will continue in his roles as DPM and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies. "We have all benefited from his experience and expertise, and we look forward to his continued advice and contributions as we navigate our recovery and chart Singapore's path forward."



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Letter exchange between PM Lee Hsien Loong & DPM Heng Swee Keat

We need a leader who will not only rebuild Singapore post-COVID-19 but also lead the next phase of our nation-building effort. Having worked with you, ESM Goh Chok Tong and MM Lee Kuan Yew, I know that the top job imposes exceptional demand on the officeholder. In a very different post-COVID-19 world, the demands will be even more exacting. While I am in good health today, it is in the best interests of the nation for someone who is younger to tackle the huge challenges ahead.

After careful deliberation and discussion with my family, I have decided to step aside as leader of the 4G team, so that a younger leader who will have a longer runway can take over. It will be for the 4G team to choose this person, and I stand ready to support the next leader.

I appreciate the support of Singaporeans and have made this decision with the best interests of Singapore and Singaporeans at heart.



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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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