24 May '11, 11am

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat won't make changes in haste

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat won't make changes in haste

SINGAPORE: Newly-appointed Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has said he "would not be hasty" in making changes to the system just for the sake of change. He said education has a very long-term and wide impact, so he would need to study issues carefully to identify priorities. Speaking at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic's graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Mr Heng noted that the polytechnic system has come a long way. He said the percentage of Primary One cohort admitted to polytechnics in 1980 was about 5 per cent, and the figure has grown to 42 per cent today. Mr Heng said the polytechnic system is an important social enabler, and a survey in October 2010 showed that nine out of 10 polytechnic graduates found jobs within six months. To preserve the strengths of the system, he said polytechnics need to hire good and committed lecturers and staff, build on strong industry linkages a...

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