28 Mar '11, 1am

Here's a timeless question from our reader: Why do we need to study so much? #sgedu

THE revamping of Nanyang Technological University's undergraduate programme is a great move (''Teach less, learn more' now at NTU'; March 16). It is necessary for students to develop skills and qualities beyond just academic excellence. From my recruitment experiences in the corporate world and direct interactions with students at universities where I deliver workshops, I find that most of our students are not interested in asking questions - they do not challenge what they hear, and they do not have their own views and opinions. Not even 10 per cent of the students in my classes read books or magazines. How do we expect our students to come up with ideas and creative solutions if there are no broad-based stimulants and external inputs? Until we get this right, it will be difficult to expect leadership qualities in our students. We will continue to produce just efficient i...

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