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Education Minister praises pioneer teachers at tribute dinner

Published on Jul 31, 2014 10:23 PM
Education minister Heng Swee Keat (centre) greets 100-year-old Mrs Mangalesvary Ambiavagar (left), former principal of Raffles Girls' Primary, Bedok Girls' and Balestier Boys' School, during the Ministry of Education dinner to honour pioneer educators on 31 July, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - A school principal who turned a bathtub into an eco-pond, a teacher posted to remote Christmas Island and a centenarian who used to make sure her pupils drank their powdered milk.

These were among the pioneer educators lauded by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Thursday night at the Ministry of Education's Pioneer Tribute Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 700 education staff past and present, he celebrated their "rich store of life lessons".

He also noted the "three legacies" left by Singapore's pioneer educators: laying Singapore's educational foundation; being resourceful, responsible, and resilient; and nurturing new generations of teachers.

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