President's Award for Teachers 2021

Published Date: 02 September 2021 06:00 PM

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1. Seven outstanding educators received the 2021 President's Award for Teachers (PAT) from President Halimah Yacob at the Istana during the Teachers' Day Reception on Thursday, 2 September 2021. They are (not in order of merit):

  • Mdm Siah Siew Ling, Corporation Primary School;
  • Miss Chua Siew Kheng, Sengkang Green Primary School;
  • Ms Cheng Wei Na Edwina, Compassvale Secondary School;
  • Ms Khairiah Bte Hairoman, Peirce Secondary School;
  • Mr Leung Yulun, Yuan Ching Secondary School;
  • Mr Koh Hock Tong, Institute of Technical Education;
  • Ms Tang Iman, Temasek Polytechnic.

2. The seven recipients are caring and nurturing educators, committed to developing their students to their fullest potential, and who constantly adopt innovative approaches in their lessons. These educators are lifelong learners, mentors to their peers, and they inspire students through their words and deeds. In the past year, they continued to develop new modes of learning and pedagogies to conduct home-based learning seamlessly, while extending care for their students.

3. The recipients were selected from 17 finalists (Annex A), by a panel chaired by Mr Patrick Tay, Chairperson of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education. The panel comprised representatives from the Ministry of Education (MOE), COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools1 (COMPASS), and Post-Secondary Education Institutions (PSEIs). This year, a total of 5,062 educators from 335 schools and institutions were nominated2 by school leaders, teachers, parents, as well as former and current students.

4. The remaining ten finalists will receive their certificates at institution-level platforms. The PAT recipients will participate in professional development opportunities such as courses, workshops, seminars or a conference cum study trip3. For the PAT finalists, each will receive a grant to attend conferences, seminars and courses, or to purchase resources for professional development. In addition, recipients and finalists will also undertake individual or collaborative projects for professional learning and sharing. These projects will enable them to be role models to other teachers, as they help drive professional excellence in the fraternity.

  1. COMPASS was established in December 1998 to advise MOE on strengthening and promoting school-home-community collaboration.

  2. There were a total of 12,460 nominations this year. Some teachers received more than one nomination.

  3. Subject to prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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