Singapore's social landscape is highly competitive today due to globalisation, the influx of foreigners and rapid technological advancements, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Saturday at the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) Excellence Awards.
That is why "we need to prepare our students for the ever-changing socio-economic landscape, so that they can make the most of the opportunities presented to them," he added. But as the education system has evolved to create multiple pathways for success, students should also be recognised for their diverse abilities and interests, said Mr Tan.
The minister was speaking as guest-of-honour at the award presentation event, where 400 Indian students who did well academically, in the arts or sports, received the Sinda Excellence Awards.
Now in its 22nd year, the award honours academic recipients from PSLE to bachelor's degree levels. Other recipients came from arts school, or recipients of the Singapore Schools Council National Colours Awards, and tertiary-level students who have represented Singapore at sporting competitions.