THE PSLE ISSUE – How about addressing the majority?

The following article is contributed by a parent of two teenage boys. Both of them are in Singapore schools. In the good old days, the primary school leaving examination(PSLE) is an exam to gauge the readiness of the children to advance to secondary schools. But this is no longer the main objective as over 97%…

Standing firm against unreasonable demands….

Each time I read about hot education issues in the papers, iToday or even a FB post, I feel the need to blog. Tuition – should we engage tutors or not? Tuition centres overcharge. Tuition teachers are not qualified. They are out to make a fast buck. A boy get his hair cut by a…

Seeing in a different light – hearing colours

It was an unplanned encounter with a concerned parent last Saturday. No, I was not meeting her in the capacity of a teacher. It was not in a school setting. Instead, we were having refreshments after the Opening Night of the 40th Anniversary Art Exibition by Life Art Society. It was a small cosy event….

Encouraging the inventive spirit in your child

It all started because my brother’s house needed a new clock. However, the clock was simple. It was “boring” in the words of my sis-in-law. So she tasked my niece “to do something with the clock”. Very often we hear of parents, especially mothers telling the children what to do. “Can you help me look…

Can we create a “Blame-Less” culture in schools?

I was sent this picture by a friend recently. I ask myself – “Does it really capture what school is like nowadays?”  Today the culture of who to point a finger to seems to start young. The BLAME culture. If a child does badly in school: – Hey why doesn’t the school give remedial? Why…

What I learnt from failing: My first and only ‘RE’ exam!

I remembered the year as vividly as if it was yesterday. It was my second year in NUS. For the FIRST time in my life, I have failed an examination. It was my Mathematics paper. I remember the day when we went to collect the results. I was with my bunch of friends, Campus Crusaders…

A one point entry for foreign students – Demystifying the AEIS

The Ministry of Education has introduced a one point entry system – Admission Exercise for Foreign Students (AEIS) to help simplify the process of application for a place in a local K12 school. I chanced upon this when asked to help children of friends from Shanghai and other countries to get a place for their…

“LIM” schools

Following the recent blog on Social Mobility by JJ, he posted another one written by a reader based in Finland about the two systems – Singapore and Finland.” In my more than two decades of associating with parents, students and fellow educators, and even recently when I did the education talks for property agents, I…

How do I know which school to choose for my child?

MOE Excel Fest is an annual showcase by K12 schools in Singapore – the best time for parents interested to find out more about the schools of choice for their children. It is typically a 2 Day event, with one day open to the public. This is your best chance to talk to the teachers,…

Why this blog?

This education blog aims to bridge the gap between what’s known in schools and what’s known by the public on education in Singapore Schools.  I hope to be able to give useful information to parents who are seeking a good Singapore education for their children. Good parents want to help their children succeed in life….