06 Sep '11, 9am

English language standards here must be raised further: Lee Kuan Yew

But former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (above), who was speaking to some 1,200 educators and English Language experts gathered at the launch of the English Language Institute of Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG By Sandra Davie The emphasis on learning English as well as the mother tongue languages has given Singapore a headstart in relation to its neighbours. But former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who was speaking to some 1,200 educators and English Language experts gathered at the launch of the English Language Institute of Singapore, cautioned that this edge would not last forever as others in the region play catch up. To stay ahead and ensure that Singaporeans can hold their own internationally, Mr Lee said English standards here must be raised further. He said: 'Communication skills are one of the most important competencies needed in the 21st century workforce. ...

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