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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.

12 Responses to “Heng Swee Keat to new MOE scholars: Please remember parents entrust their children to you”

  1. CWS said

    Singaporean entrusts their tax $ to who?

  2. white said

    It is not enough to provide superscale salaries to scholars to ensure a clean government. PAP’s white paper on “Competitive Salaries for Competent & Honest Government” had neglected the sexual needs of our elites. Money is not enough, they also need sex or otherwise they can’t be competent and honest. Singaporeans should present their daughters for the elites’ sexual gratification.

  3. Seb said

    Hey Swee Keat, please review your scholar recruitment criteria. If your focus is on academics primarily your pastoral preaching is not going to help. The system has been designed to pick up the “best” in terms of academics. The scholars now are not raised on values of character but products of hot housing. A senior member of government told me when he was lecturing a topic at the Civil Service College, he asked for a show of hands as to how many were living in a HDB flat, only 4 out of more than 20 new scholars raised their hands. So much the PAP’s meritocracy….its for the rich and what they can afford to give to their kids….the very kids who make the scholars of today…the very kids who are generally hothoused….the very kids who largely don’t have parental love or guidance….the very kids who come from RI, RGS. RJC and so on….the very kids who don’t know the lives of kids in neighbourhood schools…the very kids who have no idea how the middle and bottom live…

  4. NaBey said

    Dear Sir, i think you better ban NC16 & above show, ban FHM, ban Maxim, Ban sex education, Ban foam party, ban bikinis. With these ban, i think you will be trouble free. Enjoy your kopi and collect salary.

  5. bb said

    How many of these scholars are singaporeans.

    • Heed said

      Does it make a difference??

    • Passer-by said

      Erm. Actually, majority of the recipients are Singaporean except that they are from elite school and well to do family. MOE scholarship is much more local focus.

      Not trying to bootlick the government though, but i have seen many MOE scholars during my course of teaching, have yet to see any foreigners yet. Thank gawd for that. :))

  6. 龍的传人 said

    亜杰,不的不佩服你。还有闲暇游山玩水。丑闻接三连四的发生。

  7. ngpy said

    The Minister assumes that our TEACHERS will have to BEAR full responsibility only. I will have to remind THE HONORABLE MINISTER THAT HIS MINISTRY WILL HAVE TO BEAR PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITY AND NOT TO SHIRK THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. PLEASE REFER TO COMMON LAW IF YOU SHOULD BEAR PART OF THE RESPONSIBILTY OR YOU ARE JUST IGNORANT OR THE LAW.

  8. Gregory said

    Swee Kiat is only responsible for collecting a fat salary. And conveniently appearing only when things go well.

  9. Ken Lee said

    parents entrust their children to you so you can make them take over traitors position when the grow up and suck on him own parent blood!

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