Education Minister pays tribute to pioneering spirit of 1950s teachers

SINGAPORE - Facing a shortage of resources, teachers in the late 1950s not only had their salaries reduced but also had their working hours extended.

However, their resilience and responsibility allowed them to educate an entire generation despite the limitations

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat paid tribute to their pioneering spirit on Friday in a speech at the Ministry of Education Promotion Ceremony at Orchard Hotel.

"They should be proud," he said. "It wasn't just about hours or duties. They built a nation. Today, schools have good facilities. Teachers draw competitive salaries, with many development opportunities."

However, Mr Heng called on teachers to continue to inspire the next generation of Singaporeans, while fostering a sense of togetherness.

Some 6,711 education officers, allied educators, and executive and administrative staff rose up the ranks at Friday's promotion ceremony.