All 300 places at ST education forum taken

ALL 300 places at The Straits Times Education Forum this weekend have been snapped up.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will give the keynote address at the inaugural event this Sunday.

He will touch on how parents can work with schools to support and develop their children.

Mr Heng will also join a discussion on the changes being introduced in schools as part of the Education Ministry's plans to deliver on its mantra that every school is a good school.

The audience, expected to be made up mostly of young parents, will be able to pose questions to Mr Heng at a dialogue session moderated by editor of The Straits Times, Mr Warren Fernandez.

The half-day event at the Singapore Management University's Mochtar Riady Auditorium is aimed at providing parents with the latest findings in education research and offer insights into how children can succeed in school and life.

Other speakers include Professor Andrew Martin, an educational psychologist from the University of New South Wales, and final-year National University of Singapore undergraduate David Hoe, a former Normal (Technical) stream student.

"Through my life story, I hope to share with parents how they can help their children pursue their dreams through education," said Mr Hoe, 26.

There will be a panel discussion on child motivation led by the newspaper's senior education correspondent Sandra Davie.

Parents can also find out more about how to choose a primary school from Montfort Junior School principal Genevieve Chye, as well as hear from an expert from POSB, who will address questions on how to plan and save up for their children's education.