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A good school caters well to students' needs: Indranee

Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah explained in Parliament how the Ministry of Education is tracking its progress make "every school, a good school".

SINGAPORE: How well a school caters to students' needs, resources for teachers and its partnership with parents are some of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of a good school, said Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah in Parliament on Wednesday (July 9).

Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong had asked how the ministry is tracking progress towards the goal of making "every school, a good school", especially in terms of getting the public to buy into the message.

"It's a good initiative for MOE to strive for every school to be a good school. Yet we still see long queues every year for Primary One places in certain schools, and also the huge pressure during PSLE because of the desire to enter certain academic streams and schools," said Mr Yee.

"A good school caters to the needs of its students well. Secondly, (it) must nurture the student, make sure the student is engaged, and make sure teachers are resourced, equipped, supported, so that they can be good and caring educators,” said Ms Indranee.

“These actually are the KPIs. These are the things you look at to determine whether a school is a good school. How do you support that? You have to make sure the school is properly resourced, that the pedagogy is well-delivered, that the school engages with the parents, and the teachers have good training." 

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