NEW FACES, NEW CHALLENGES/EDUCATION

Education: Preparing students for new jobs, helping needy kids

The "national habit" of falling back on academic grades and the paper chase to secure school places and jobs is still strong, despite recent policy tweaks.
The "national habit" of falling back on academic grades and the paper chase to secure school places and jobs is still strong, despite recent policy tweaks.ST FILE PHOTO

Preparing for jobs in the new economy and boosting students from poor backgrounds are two challenges ahead for the Ministry of Education (MOE), which will now come under one minister.

Mr Ong Ye Kung, 48, who oversees higher education and skills, will have an expanded role, taking over the schools portfolio from Mr Ng Chee Meng, who joins the National Trades Union Congress full time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Preparing students for new jobs, helping needy kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe