A joint message from Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools), and Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills)

Published Date: 06 October 2015 12:00 AM

News Speeches

Dear colleagues,

1. It is a great honour for both of us to join the MOE family.

2. We look forward to building on the good work of Minister Heng Swee Keat and his predecessors, and the many educators and staff who have developed an exceptional Singapore education system over generations. PM’s decision to appoint two Acting Education Ministers is a strong signal - that while the system is expanding in both scale and complexity, we are determined to continue building more and better pathways for Singaporeans to pursue their passions and fulfil their aspirations.

3. Having two Ministers in one Ministry is not new, especially in a large Ministry such as MOE. Our portfolios are quite distinct, and most of you will find your work falling into one or the other, but we must firmly recognise that our work is integrated and synergistic. We must continue to ensure that students leaving the school system and entering ITE, polytechnics or universities continue to do well, and do not fall out of school. We must continue to strive towards our Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) receiving students that are well-prepared and engaged. Most importantly, all of us continue to share the same goal: to mould the future of Singapore through education.

4. Looking ahead, in the Schools, MOE will nurture our students and young people to be their best, holistically. Education is about developing the whole person, and our education system does this in all domains - Moral, Cognitive, Physical, Socio-emotional, and Aesthetic. We will partner parents and the community to provide the best possible education for every Singaporean. A key outcome must be to imbue each Singaporean with the drive to learn - not just while they are in school, but throughout life.

5. In Higher Education and Skills, we already have a vibrant and accomplished sector, with ITE, polytechnics and universities highly regarded internationally. MOE will be doing more to drive the key national effort - SkillsFuture - to support all learners, from students, to youths, to adults. We will discover and nurture individual talents and abilities, and give Singaporeans more opportunities to develop and deepen their skills, and achieve mastery. This will have important implications on the way people learn, when they learn, how they learn, what credentials they achieve, and how workplaces and society recognises them. The system will become even more diverse.

5. This approach is key to Singapore’s success in an increasingly complex world. It is a long and challenging journey, and we are privileged to come on board with you. This is a fraternity of dedicated and passionate educators who believe in helping every student fulfil their potential. Whether you are part of our MOE Kindergartens, schools, ITE, polytechnics or universities, we are thankful for this opportunity to serve with you, in Education. It is a heavy responsibility, and we will do our best, together with Faishal, Yen Ling, as well as Janil, who will join us in January 2016.

6. We will continue to do this as a big team, partnering students, parents, community and industry, to provide the best possible education for every Singaporean, and build a community of support for both our students and our educators. At the end of it all, we want every school to be a good school, every student an engaged learner, every teacher a caring educator, and every parent a supportive partner.

7. In the weeks and months ahead, you will find us visiting your schools and institutions, chatting with staff, educators, students, and learners. We look forward to meeting as many of you as we can, to understand your perspectives, gather your ideas, and chart the future, together.

Yours sincerely,
Chee Meng and Ye Kung

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