Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

Singapore's school system has shifted its focus in the past decade - from rote learning to application-based learning. Correspondent Amelia Teng noted that this is crucial in equipping students to find jobs and solve the problems of the future. http://str.sg/Z9DW


The violence of the fishball riot in Hong Kong was a shock, but it signals a growing rift between the city's youth and the authorities, East Asia editor Goh Sui Noi observed. With violence erupting, the Hong Kong authorities need to look more deeply at how they are addressing the concerns of disaffected youths. http://str.sg/Z96n


The National Heritage Board is marking the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Singapore with several activities, including 30 World War II tours. Heritage reporter Melody Zaccheus noted that such activities are a timely reminder for all Singaporeans to stand up in the face of invading forces. http://str.sg/Z97N


News that a second week of paternity leave could be made compulsory was welcome news for young couples planning to start families. The Government's holistic approach to boosting the birth rate is the right one, but correspondent Charissa Yong pointed out that tweaking policies is very different from trying to change the mindsets behind the low birth rate. Read more at http://str.sg/Z9Pj

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'WhyItMatters'. Print Edition | Subscribe