Sixty schools to get new heads next year; experienced principals for heartland schools

Raffles Institution at Bishan. from Raffles Institution (RI) to Methodist Girls' School - will get new principals next year. -- ST FILE PHOTO : STEVEN LEE CT
Raffles Institution at Bishan. from Raffles Institution (RI) to Methodist Girls' School - will get new principals next year. -- ST FILE PHOTO : STEVEN LEE CT

Sixty schools - from Raffles Institution (RI) to Methodist Girls' School - will get new principals next year.

Of the principals who will formally take up their new positions on Dec 27, 25 are newly appointed ones, said the Ministry of Education (MOE), which announced the yearly reshuffle of school heads on Friday.

RI principal Lim Lai Cheng will leave the school after six years. Former Rafflesian Chan Poh Meng, who is now the principal of Victoria Junior College (VJC), will take over, as reported by The Straits Times. Miss Ek Soo Ben, Deputy Director at the Standards and Research Academy of Singapore Teachers, will replace Mr Chan at VJC.

Other schools which will get new heads include National Junior College, Singapore Sports School, CHIJ Katong Convent, Maha Bodhi School, and Anglo-Chinese School (Primary).

Miss Grace Ng Wun Har, Deputy Director/Guidance of the Student Development Curriculum Division, will head Methodist Girls' School (Primary) and Methodist Girls' School (Secondary). Maha Bodhi School principal Chew Bee Lay will helm Alexandra Primary School, which will open next year. Mr Richard Lim Chew Hiong, principal of Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), will lead Si Ling Primary School.

Ms Christine Lee Yen Ping, previously vice-principal of Rosyth School, will become principal of Yangzheng Primary.

"The process of systematically appointing and rotating principals allows schools to benefit from the infusion of fresh perspectives and enables experienced principals to share best practices in support of 'Every School, a Good School'," said the MOE statement. "It also gives the principals the opportunity to take on new challenges as part of their career development."

Speaking ahead of the announcement on the latest round of reshuffle, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had said on Thursday that some of the more experienced and well-regarded principals will be sent to heartland schools. He said: "This is yet another tangible way for us to make every school a good school."