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Jacqueline Woo
Monday, May 5, 2014

Education, Singapore

Heng: Intangibles count too

Jacqueline Woo | Monday, May 5, 2014

SINGAPORE - Instead of chasing for that last point in an examination, education should be a lifelong pursuit of learning, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Pointing out that the notion of "education equals grades" is counterproductive to a student's learning journey, Mr Heng said academic ability is not the only path to success.

Parents should also focus on the "intangibles": aspects such as character development and socio-emotional learning that can "carry a child through life".

"Our domain of learning must go beyond that of academics...towards developing a whole person, and not just a part of a person," he told some 300 parents at The Straits Times' inaugural Education Forum yesterday.

This is why the Education Minister is sticking to his guns on not naming the top scorers of national examinations like the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

Citing his own experience in interacting with people during his 27-year career in the public service, Mr Heng noted that he has seen many "outstanding" individuals attain success in life even without much academic achievements.

He said: "It is our responsibility as parents and an education system to bring out the best in every child.

"We must help every child succeed in life - not just in their schools or careers, but also in their own lives, so they can go on to lead happy, meaningful and fulfilling lives."

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