Parliamentary Replies

February 06, 2018

Naming of merged schools

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Zainal Sapari, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) (a) why there is inconsistency in the approach adopted in finding an appropriate school name for merging schools depending on whether they are primary, secondary or junior colleges; (b) whether the respective schools' stakeholders, including alumni, staff, parents and pupils, are engaged in the process of naming the merged schools; and (c) whether the Ministry is willing to reconsider the names of merged schools to manage ground sensitivities.

Response

1. In naming merged schools, MOE considers a group of factors, including the schools’ history and heritage, stakeholders’ interest and the sentiments of the schools involved. This results in three naming approaches from considering the unique situations of each pair of merging schools: retaining one of the two names, adopting a new name, or having a combination of names.

2. For primary and secondary schools, MOE also considered the age profile of its students. The combination of both schools’ names may also be repetitive, for example, North View and Northland Secondary. Hence, where it is meaningful to do so, MOE has combined the English names of both schools – for example, Loyang View Secondary School (combination of Greenview and Loyang Secondary School).

3. For the JCs, a similar group of factors, including the age profile of the students, was considered. On balance, a decision was made to have a combined name to allow the merging JCs to move forward as a combined entity.

4. MOE worked closely with the schools to take into account the interests of stakeholders, including staff, students, alumni, parents and School Advisory Committees. The school leaders engaged stakeholders on various key elements of the merger such as the programmes and values to be retained, as well as the names.

5. We will not revisit names which have been announced. We should let the schools focus on their teaching and learning programmes to benefit their students.

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