SAF's first inspector-general to oversee S'pore's pre-school sector from Dec 15

Mr Tan Chee Wee (left) will replace Ms Jamie Ang as CEO at the Early Childhood Development Agency from Dec 15.
Mr Tan Chee Wee (left) will replace Ms Jamie Ang as CEO at the Early Childhood Development Agency from Dec 15.PHOTOS: MINISTRY OF SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

SINGAPORE - The first inspector-general in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will take on a new role to oversee the pre-school sector from Dec 15.

Mr Tan Chee Wee, 47, will be appointed chief executive of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). He was appointed CEO-designate on Sept 1, ECDA said on Thursday (Sept 16).

He will replace current CEO Jamie Ang, 44, who has been heading ECDA since Oct 1, 2019. Ms Ang's term ends on Dec 14.

Mr Tan, who held the rank of brigadier-general in the SAF, established the Inspector-General's Office to strengthen safety governance and management systems in SAF in his role as inspector-general.

The role was introduced in Feb 2019 as part of measures to improve safety following a spate of military fatalities.

Mr Tan had concurrently served as the SAF Chief of Staff - Joint Staff. In this role, he drove efforts to develop the blueprint for the next-generation SAF in the areas of warfighting concepts and organisation structures, said ECDA.

He has also held a range of senior appointments in the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and the SAF. These include director of joint operations, commander of air defence and operations command, director of the policy office, and defence attache in Washington.

He joined the SAF in 1993 as an air traffic controller in the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Mr Stanley Loh, the Second Permanent Secretary for Social and Family Development, said: "Mr Tan's extensive leadership and operational experience in Mindef and the SAF positions him well to lead ECDA to partner the pre-school community in the transition towards Covid-19 resilience."

He will also help ECDA to deliver on its commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of pre-schools, he added.

Mr Loh also thanked Ms Ang for her contributions and commitment to ECDA.

He said she has been at the forefront of ECDA's efforts in working with the pre-school sector to keep staff and students safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also helped to implement programmes to improve access to quality and affordable pre-schools, said Mr Loh.

For example, under her leadership, ECDA has improved pre-school affordability through the enhanced subsidies which took effect last year.