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The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be appointing 60 principals at an appointment and appreciation ceremony for principals that will be held on 27 December 2013. Of these, 25 are newly-appointed principals.
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be appointing 60 principals at an appointment and appreciation ceremony for principals that will be held on 27 December 2013.
Of these, 25 are newly-appointed principals.
Others include principals from other schools and officers at the ministry's headquarters.
Some experienced and well-regarded principals will be heading schools in the heartlands.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had said at an event on Thursday night that the postings are part of his ministry's efforts to make "every school a good school".
The Education Ministry rotates principals to give schools fresh perspectives. Rotation also lets them share best practices and take on new challenges.
Among them is Madam Clara Lim, who will leave CHIJ Kellock to become principal at Yu Neng Primary School.
Mrs Tan Wan Yu will be posted to Millenia Institute from Hong Kah Secondary.
Mrs Tan told Channel NewsAsia that experienced principals can tap on a larger pool of collective wisdom, gleaned from the experience in many different schools, to co-construct with their staff more innovative "next practices" that will benefit their schools.
Madam Chew Bee Lay leaves Maha Bodhi School for the soon-to-open Alexandra Primary.
Mrs Elaine Quek will replace Madam Chew at Maha Bodhi, when she leaves Chongzheng Primary.
Mr Richard Lim moves from his current appointment as principal of Anglo-Chinese School Primary to Si Ling Primary.
Mr Lim said:"Every school has different strengths. My role in Si Ling Primary School will not be about bringing wholesale change, but to harness and develop the talent that is already there. The important thing is to build on the school's strengths.
"While I hope to impart my values to the school, I also need to understand the culture and ethos of the school. The most important thing for me is to care for the staff and pupils of the school."
Of the 60 principals on the list, slightly more than half of them will be re-deployed from their current appointments to new schools in the new year.