Call to give young people more time to start family: Josephine Teo

Since April, Singaporeans have been sharing their views on marriage and parenthood through online polls. Manpower Minister Josephine Teo says a key finding is that "people's comfort in starting families is shaped by culture at the workplace".
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo at a PCF Sparkletots pre-school earlier this month. She says birth rates are influenced more by values and attitudes on parenthood, which do not change much in the short term. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo at a PCF Sparkletots pre-school earlier this month. She says birth rates are influenced more by values and attitudes on parenthood, which do not change much in the short term. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Marriage, birth rates down but more useful to study trends over longer term: Josephine Teo

Give the young people of today some time to settle down and they will start their own families, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

She is hopeful that this generation of "echo boomers" - children of the baby boomers - will soon have babies of their own.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2019, with the headline 'Call to give young people more time to start family'. Print Edition | Subscribe