OYEA 2015 - National Honours For Inspirational Young Educators

Published Date: 06 July 2015 12:00 AM

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1. In recognition of their inspiring teaching and unwavering dedication to their students, six young teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA) from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony on Monday, 6 July 2015. They are:

  • Miss Tan Winnie, 31, from Bendemeer Primary School;
  • Miss Priyadakshini d/o Surendiran S, 30, from Punggol Primary School;
  • Mr Hazelman Norhafis, 32, from Changkat Changi Secondary School;
  • Mdm Premlatha d/o Selvaraj, 33, from Greenview Secondary School;
  • Miss Low Duo Jia Dorcas, 27, from Serangoon Garden Secondary School; and
  • Mr Tan Chin Guan, 32, from Hwa Chong Institution.

2. The OYEA is a national award that recognises young teachers for their commendable enthusiasm, energy and active involvement in youth development. Since its inception in 1999, 55 outstanding young educators, including this year’s winners, have received the award. 

3. Selected from 13 shortlisted finalists, the six winners strongly believe that education is about nurturing the child holistically. They have sought to nurture all-rounded individuals through their lessons and interaction with students. These teachers have also distinguished themselves by adopting innovative approaches both in and outside the classroom, as well as demonstrating dedication in stretching their students’ potential. Please refer to Annex A for more information on the award winners. 

4. The OYEA winners were selected by the OYEA Selection Panel, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Education, NIE, the National Youth Council, and COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools (COMPASS). A total of 3,227 nominations from the schools and members of the public were received for 842 teachers from 232 schools in 2015.

5. Besides honouring the achievements of young educators, OYEA aims to inspire youths that teaching is a fulfilling profession. Besides receiving a trophy and citation certificate, all the OYEA winners will be fully sponsored to attend an overseas professional development programme. The details of OYEA and the list of the 2015 finalists are in Annex B.

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