Students should treasure their SG50 Lego sets: Heng Swee Keat

The Gardens By The Bay in Lego form. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
The Gardens By The Bay in Lego form. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students crowding around their Lego creations at West Spring Primary School during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students crowding around their Lego creations at West Spring Primary School during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Student Nathaniel Chew showing off his Lego creation at West Spring Primary School during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Student Nathaniel Chew showing off his Lego creation at West Spring Primary School during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students Brandon Tan (left) and Isabel Phan showing their Lego creations to their teacher at West Spring Primary School during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students Brandon Tan (left) and Isabel Phan showing their Lego creations to their teacher at West Spring Primary School during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students at West Spring Primary School combining their Lego creations during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students at West Spring Primary School combining their Lego creations during a Lego-based activity in class on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students at West Spring Primary School holding up their Lego creations during a Lego-based activity in class during a visit by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat (centre) on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Students at West Spring Primary School holding up their Lego creations during a Lego-based activity in class during a visit by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat (centre) on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Hebe Tan, (right), a primary two student at West Spring Primary School, raising her hand during a Lego-based activity in class as her classmate Marcus Ng fixes his set on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Hebe Tan, (right), a primary two student at West Spring Primary School, raising her hand during a Lego-based activity in class as her classmate Marcus Ng fixes his set on May 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday urged students here to value the 244-piece commemorative Lego set that has been given to them, as news surfaced that some are trying to sell them online.

"This is such a special and unique keepsake. I encourage all our students to keep this and to treasure this, because it will be something very special that they can look back when they grow older," said Mr Heng.

"It is a very unique SG50 gift to each and every child in Singapore."

All students from the primary to tertiary level, including special education schools and madrasahs, will receive the SG50 gift set from MOE. It is called Building My SG: Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire.

 

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Posted by Ministry of Education, Singapore on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The ministry started distributing the sets last month, and all students will receive them before National Day.

More than 600,000 sets will be given out.

The public can also purchase the commemorative Lego set after National Day. The price has not been fixed.

The lego blocks can be used to build three Singaporean icons - the Cavenagh Bridge, Changi Control Tower, and the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.

It was reported last week that some students who have received the sets have turned to Facebook and buy-and-sell platform Carousell, to sell their sets.

Some online users have also called on those who have received the Lego set to trade it for cash, offering up to $80.