Why it matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

The passing of the Early Childhood Development Centres Bill that regulates both childcare centres and kindergartens is timely, wrote Priscilla Goy. Childcare centres and kindergartens come under separate laws currently, with different requirements. The new law places both under a common licensing framework. http://str.sg/4nrF

Senior Health Correspondent Salma Khalik said NurtureSG's recommendation to inculcate good habits in children, starting with pre-schoolers, is a great move. Habits developed at a young age tend to last for a lifetime, she wrote. The Health Promotion Board's plan to also educate parents is equally important, she added. http://str.sg/4ndz

University programmes which require students to undertake longer and more structured internships were launched at two universities three years ago and are translating into better job prospects for students. The SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes announced by Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung takes this approach to the next level, wrote Senior Education Correspondent Sandra Davie. http://str.sg/4nmj

The move to levy a carbon tax on large direct emitters of greenhouse gases, such as power plants, from 2019 should not come as a surprise, wrote Assistant Business Editor Yasmine Yahya. This is necessary for the environment and could be a game-changer for Singapore. It is an important step towards making Singapore's future a sustainable one, she wrote. http://str.sg/4nB6

New laws governing the use of bicycles and personal mobility devices will take effect later this year. While enforcement will get a leg-up with the Active Mobility Act, education efforts will also receive a boost. The Land Transport Authority's move to roll out a 90-minute Safe Riding Programme by July is a step in the right direction, wrote Transport Correspondent Adrian Lim. http://str.sg/4nEW

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe