Heng Swee Keat to new MOE scholars: Please remember parents entrust their children to you
Posted by temasektimes on August 4, 2012
Following a series of lurid sex scandals involving MOE scholars, teachers and students which diminish public confidence in Singapore schools, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat is now calling on would-be teachers to do their utmost to live up to the public’s expectations of them.
Speaking to recipients of this year’s Teaching Scholarships on Friday afternoon, Mr Heng implored them to uphold the standards of the teaching profession.
“You must also always bear in mind that parents entrust their children to you. That trust and confidence must always be maintained,” he said.
He also reminded them to be good ‘role models’:
“Students and the public look up to teachers to be good role models. Likewise, they expect the same, if not more, from teaching scholars and award holders. Such expectations should not be taken lightly.”
The education sector was rocked by a series of scandals lately. Former MOE scholar Jonathan Wong was jailed for two and a half years for having sex with a minor. A male teacher Bertrand Ngien was jailed for one year two days ago for installing pin-hole cameras in the school’s girls toilet.