20 Oct '11, 10am

MP Christopher De Souza wanted an assurance that children will not be assessed in areas like dancing, music and...

MP Christopher De Souza wanted an assurance that children will not be assessed in areas like dancing, music and...

SINGAPORE: Will character development, sports and friendship play an equally important role as academic results in the development of children? Education Minister Heng Swee Keat was asked that question in Parliament on Thursday in the midst of his ministry's move towards holistic education in schools. MP Christopher De Souza wanted an assurance that children will not be assessed in areas like dancing, music and sport so they will not feel a pressure to perform, and instead, be given freedom to cultivate and nurture their own interests. Mr Heng said: "Our competition in our CCAs (Co-curricular activities), and competition in sports and allowing students to do their best is not a bad thing. It teaches values of striving for excellence, it teaches values of being gracious in victory, and in persevering in defeat. And therefore, there will be a range of sports and other activi...

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