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Polytechnics, ITEs to be more "attractive" for the young: Heng Swee Keat

Education Minister also says opportunity to learn and work at the same time is a strength of the polytechnic education.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has to make its polytechnics and ITEs "attractive options" for young Singaporeans, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

That's one of the Ministry of Education's priorities for the second half of the Government's term, the minister told reporters on the sidelines of Singapore Polytechnic's graduation ceremony held on Thursday (May 22) for 5,500 new diploma holders.

In his speech to the students, he urged students not to see learning and work as separate parts of life. The ability to learn new things is one of the "crucial intangibles" - qualities that allow people to succeed today, he said.

And the strength of polytechnic education is that students have already begun to work as they learn, and learn as they work.

Mr Heng also said he will keep up the momentum on values education, and make "every school a good school".

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