40 schools to get new principals next year

Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), Cedar Girls' Secondary School and Tao Nan School are among 40 schools getting new principals next year as part of the Ministry of Education's (MOE) annual reshuffle.

This "allows schools to benefit from new perspectives, and enables experienced principals to bring and share best practices across schools", the ministry said yesterday.

The reshuffle will see first-time principals appointed to 21 of the schools involved in the exercise. The ministry said their appointments represent a career milestone and will see them assume bigger responsibilities as leaders in education.

It added: "For the 19 current principals and headquarter officers who will be assuming new principalship appointments, it is an affirmation of MOE's confidence in their abilities to continue guiding our teachers, staff and students in schools."

First-time principals include Mr Kevin Pang Chin Keat, who will head Yuhua Secondary; Madam Tey Kah Hwee, who will helm Cedar Girls' Secondary; and Ms Poh Qinyu, who will lead Tao Nan School. All three are currently vice-principals at their respective schools.

Separately, Madam Haslinda Zamani, a cluster superintendent with MOE, will head Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), while Madam Soh Lai Leng, principal of Catholic High School, will helm the NUS High School of Math and Science.

Madam Haslinda was previously appointed principal of Tanjong Katong Secondary School in 2013.

The 40 new principals will receive their letters of appointment from MOE's director-general of education Wong Siew Hoong at a ceremony in December, in the presence of Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.

During the ceremony, MOE will also acknowledge the contributions of retiring principals and senior education officers from its headquarters who formerly served as principals.

Jolene Ang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline '40 schools to get new principals next year'. Print Edition | Subscribe