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Minister Heng Swee Keat pays tribute to educators in farewell message

Minister Heng Swee Keat pays tribute to educators in farewell message

SINGAPORE - Outgoing Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat paid tribute to the education fraternity in a farewell note, thanking teachers for the "heart" that they put into their jobs. In the letter released to the media on Tuesday evening, he said: "If there's one word that describes our educators, it is not that you are a professional, or content expert, or master of pedagogy, curriculum design or assessment. If you ask me for one word that describes our Singapore educators, it is HEART. That you teach with a lot of heart." Writing extensively about how he has seen teachers transform the lives of their students, he said that there is no other school system in the world that he knew of where teachers spend so much time "to develop the whole child". In the letter, he repeated the word "heart" 11 times to commend teachers. Mr Heng, who was education minister since 2011, had...

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