SINGAPORE - Mr Ng Chee Meng paid his first visit to a primary school as Acting Minister for Education on Friday.
In a Facebook post on Friday, he said that he visited Bukit View Primary School in Bukit Batok in the morning and dropped by to see its pupils in some classes.
He was received by Madam Janis Lee, the cluster superintendent for some of the schools in the western part of Singapore, Bukit View Primary School's principal Elsie Poey and her team.
In his post, Mr Ng wrote: "Was assured to see the thorough preparations made for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Good to see the students fully concentrating on their maths paper, with their bags lined up neatly outside.
"With the early morning rain, we had a much appreciated reprieve with the 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index at 87 at 8am this morning."
He also visited English and Chinese language classes, as well as a physical education lesson.
Of the pupils, he noted: "They were all unusually quiet. When I asked, the teachers told me the kids were trying to be considerate for their seniors taking the PSLE. I thought how marvellous!"
The visit, he said, was an "energising start" to his journey in education.
"As the African saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and I look forward to meeting many more educators and students that are part of this vibrant village," he added.