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Top schools cannot turn into closed circles: Heng Swee Keat

They play a role in levelling up kids from less advantaged backgrounds: Minister

Published on Aug 24, 2014 7:36 AM
Hwa Chong Junior College alumni (standing, from left) Tan Jui Chai, 47, Soh Wai Lan, 47, and Kuah Boon Theng, 47, taking a photo with Hwa Chong's ex-principal Bernard Fong, 84 (seated), at the school's 40th anniversary gala dinner, which was held at Resorts World Sentosa yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Established schools such as Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) cannot become "closed circles" said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, because of the role they play in levelling up children from less advantaged backgrounds.

He also urged these schools to share their best practices so that "we can level up all our schools together".

He made these points yesterday in his speech at the 40th anniversary celebration of Hwa Chong Junior College, which is now part of HCI.

About 1,000 people attended the gala dinner at Resorts World Sentosa, from board members to teachers and alumni, including Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu and Minister of State (Education, and Communications and Information) Sim Ann.

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