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Parents play a critical role in inculcating values and developing characters of the young, but everyone has a role to play in the process, especially the school system, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.
SINGAPORE: Parents play a critical role in inculcating values and developing characters of the young, but everyone has a role to play in the process, especially the school system.
This includes teachers, lecturers, and even peers, said Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, who was responding to questions at the annual Polytechnic Forum at Downtown East on Monday evening.
Mr Heng said forums such as the Polytechnic Forum provide a platform for students to discuss issues such as inter-generational bonding and what it means to care for others in the community.
He also encouraged students to join the Volunteer Youth Corps to make a difference in a sustained and meaningful way. The Youth Corps, which will be launched next year, provides continuity for young people who have been volunteering in school.
Mr Heng said: “This National Volunteer Corps will provide continuity particularly for students like yourself. Many young people volunteer when they're in schools... but then when they start work... they're too busy.
"That's one reason, and the other reason is that there's no natural platform. When you're in school, it's very easy -- you can just join particular groups. But once you start work, it becomes very difficult.
"So the idea of the Youth Corps is to get young people like yourself to, say, well, if I really want to continue, I get some support, and there's some continuity and some structure to make it easier for you to continue. So I hope that many of you will take this up.”