By Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom
“How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so are parents going to buy (it).”
Those were the exact words of Jurong West Secondary School (JWSS) vice-principal Pushparani Nadarajah, who was responding to speakers and teachers’ discussions of making every school a good one at the inaugural AsiaEducationExpo (AEX) 2013, according to a report by The Straits Times.
During the first panel discussion, which was attended by about 200 participants, several educators expressed hope that parents would recognise the efforts of all schools to bring out the best in students.
The neighbourhood school’s vice principal’s startling remark drew applause from those who attended the event.
A 37-year-old mother, who has a primary-school-going child and another child attending pre-school, who did not want to be named, told Yahoo Singapore she agrees with the vice-principal’s comments.
“Look at the ministers, most of them are from good schools, like SJI and Hwa Chong,” she said.
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SINGAPORE – Five government scholarship recipients, including a missionaries’ child who grew up in Papua New Guinea and a Youth Olympic Games triathlete, have been awarded the prestigious President’s Scholarships this year, at a ceremony at the Istana on Friday evening.
Get the full story from The Straits Times.
Here is the full speech by President Tony Tan:
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Mrs Teo
Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat
Chairman and Members of the Public Service Commission
Ladies and Gentlemen
Each year, the Public Service Commission awards scholarships to outstanding young men and women who want to serve Singapore and Singaporeans through a career in the Public Service. The most prestigious undergraduate scholarship awarded by the Commission is the President’s Scholarship.
It is awarded to young Singaporeans who have the integrity and commitment to work for Singapore’s continued success. To be awarded a President’s Scholarship, one must demonstrate more than just excellence in academic and non-academic pursuits. One must also show a strong ethos for public service, impeccable character, remarkable leadership and dedication towards improving the lives of Singaporeans.
2013 President’s Scholars This evening, the President’s Scholarship is awarded to five exceptional young individuals who have distinguished themselves based on their leadership capabilities and calibre, and their passion to bring the nation forward.
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