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Education is about bringing out the best in students: Indranee

Education in Singapore is about progression, building pathways and bringing out the best in students, said Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah.

SINGAPORE: Education in Singapore is about progression, building pathways and bringing out the best in students, said Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah.

She said this was reflected in President Tony Tan Keng Yam's parliamentary address on Friday.

Ms Indranee was speaking on the sidelines of the Asian Physics Olympiad held on Sunday at the National University of Singapore.

A total of 175 students from 27 countries participated in the week-long competition.

Ms Indranee said Dr Tony Tan's speech was a signal that excellence and substance in education are important, but not everything.

She said: "We use the term holistic education.

“That's perhaps slightly overused, but what we really mean is that you must come out of the education system being an all-rounded individual who's got good substantive knowledge but able to relate with other people." 

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