Important to prepare students for changing social landscape: Tan Chuan-Jin
- POSTED: 14 Sep 2013 22:31
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Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has stressed that it is important to prepare students in Singapore for the ever-changing social landscape. This will ensure they can make the most of the opportunities presented to them.
SINGAPORE: Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has stressed that it is important to prepare students in Singapore for the ever-changing social landscape. This will ensure they can make the most of the opportunities presented to them.
He was speaking at this year's SINDA Excellence Awards on Saturday.
Mr Tan noted that the landscape has changed with globalisation, the influx of foreigners and rapid technological advancements.
At this year's SINDA Excellence Awards, Mr Tan stressed that these are highly competitive times.
He said: "Apart from the diversity, apart from the richness we can tap, there's also increasing competition. As I often say, people are competing with us even if they're not here and that's a reality we can't turn back the clock on. It's something that we need to learn to embrace and learn to contend with."
But Mr Tan noted that Singapore's education system has evolved over the years to create multiple pathways for success, where students with diverse abilities and interests are recognised.
He added excellence should also be rewarded and recognised in all forms.
393 Indian students received awards at the SINDA Excellence Awards this year.
Indranee Rajah, president of SINDA, said: "You can see the students are receiving awards not just on the academic side, but also in sports, in arts. You can see that it's at every level - primary, secondary, tertiary: the polytechnics, the ITEs, the universities.
“What that indicates is that Indian students can do well in every category, in every level, across the board. It's a very good sign for the Indian community, it shows we've come a long way, I don't think we've achieved our very fullest potential, nor the peaks that we can reach, but certainly we're on the way there."
National sprinter Shanti Pereira, who received the SINDA Excellence Award, said: "I think it's important to not just recognise academics, but sports also because there are a lot of people that are excelling so much now.”
It is hoped that through embracing a wide variety of talents, everyone will be encouraged to contribute to the country in their own way.