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« on: January 16, 2008, 11:15:37 PM »

Principal's 'wake-up call' to Sec 5 students had to be 'conveyed'
 By Jane Ng
 Jan 16, 2008

PARENTS and students may disagree with the tone a principal used when she told some Secondary 5 students to apply for the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) instead of doing the O levels, but the message was one that had to be delivered, said Minister of State for Education Lui Tuck Yew on Wednesday.

Past data shows that 40 per cent of students will not do well enough to qualify for polytechnic, and students need to know this from the start, he said.

Speaking to reporters after a teachers' investiture at the National Institute of Education, Rear-Admirer (NS) Lui said it was important to separate the 'tone' from the 'substance' of the message.

'We can calibrate the tone, we can soften it, improve on the presentation, but there is a lot of work to be done between Secondary 4 and Secondary 5.'

'Principals need to do their job to convey this message to the students and teachers to do their part to challenge them, set high goals and to help them achieve these goals,' he said.

The Straits Times reported on Saturday that the principal of a girls' school had told one of her Sec 5 classes they might as well apply now for places in the ITE because as they were unlikely to do well in the 'O' levels at the end of the year.

Parents of some of these students were upset that she affected the morale of their children.

The story also drew more than 20 responses from parents.

But Rear-Admirer (NS) Lui said the educators mean well and just want to make sure the students are 'on a firm footing for the path ahead of them'.

'It is important we recognise what it is our educators are really trying to do because the greater danger is indifference.

'We do a great injustice to principals when we keep insinuating that they do so because they see their performance linked to the results and to the performance bonus,' he added.

Rear-Admirer (NS) Lui also expressed concern about the phrase 'shattered confidence' of students, which has appeared in some letters and articles. He said educators have to help build that resilience in students.

'We will be hit by storms, there will be waves, we will be lashed by the winds... but we can be responsible for how we respond to it,' he said.

He said that rather than for the Education Ministry to prescribe to principals what they can or cannot say, or what their tone should be, it should be left to the principals because they know their students better.

Some students will benefit from having the facts told starkly to them, he said, citing himself as an example.

'There are students who need to be told that if you don't work hard, you won't make it. So you must not take away some of these tools from our educators,' he said.
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008, 03:40:57 AM »

University places - numbers don’t add up
 By Leong Sze Hian
 Posted by theonlinecitizen on July 18, 2007
 
This Channelnewsasia report titled “Enough places in local universities for Singaporeans : MOE”, quotes Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Education as saying:

“The universities do give priority to local students. And for our students who can qualify based on the requirement of each discipline and each faculty would have been given admission. Beyond that, the universities would want to ensure there are also sufficient foreign students to provide diversity.”

“Mr Gan said 28,000 Singapore students applied to the universities this year and half of them were offered places. In contrast, 23,000 foreign students applied and only 987 or 4.3 percent were given places”.


In this connection, I refer to the articles “More varsity places needed, says Tony Tan” (ST, Jun 19) and “Skewed demand led to squeeze on varsity places: Shortage only for popular courses, and isn’t due to Dragon Year effect” (ST, Jun 16), and the Ministry of Education’s reply “S’poreans have priority in university admission” (ST, Jun 16) to 3 letters in ST forum.

Although an additional 1,270 or 10% more places were provided this year, was the foreign intake still 20%? If so, the 10% increase was not just for Singaporeans, but for foreigners too.

The 20% foreigner cap is for the first year intake only. According to a report in the Business Times of 26 May,

“international students now make up about 20% of NTU’s undergraduate population and about 33% of its graduate population…the National University of Singapore (NUS) said about 20% of its 23,900 undergraduates and about 50% of its 9,100 postgraduate students are from overseas…the number of permanent residencies (PRs) awarded last year rose to 57,300 – a 9.6% increase from 2005 and a 55.3% increase from 2004”.

This means that about 28% of the total student population in NUS are foreigners. If we factor in PRs, the number of students in NUS who are Singaporeans may be around 60%.

Since only 4.3% of foreigners were given places compared to 50% for Singapore students this year, how do we explain the above NUS statement that “about 20% of its 23,900 undergraduates and about 50% of its 9,100 postgraduate students are from overseas”?

For how many years has this “20% foreigners” policy been in practice?

What is the actual admission intake figures for Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners, which may be different from “places offered”?

Does “places offered” to foreign students, include those who are on scholarships?

What is the impact of our foreign students policy on Singaporeans’ ability to secure places in popular university courses?

How many Singaporeans have no choice but to go overseas or enrol in local or foreign tertiary institutions in Singapore?

I would like to suggest that the intake of foreigners should be kept at 20% per course, so that more vacancies in less popular courses may be offered as alternatives to Singaporeans.

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008, 03:56:05 AM »

You will see the shift from 'raising fares to assist cabbies improve income' to 'lowering the waiting time' as the primary objective to this boo-boo. And don't expect Singaporeans to be any the wiser.

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Drivers' earnings up, cab waiting times down: Raymond Lim
22 Jan 2008

THE recent taxi fare hike may have just put a lid on a cab crunch which was threatening to boil over.

If preliminary findings are anything to go by, Transport Minister Raymond Lim said the fare revision last month was 'effective' in meeting the increasing demand of taxis in the Central Business District (CBD).

Based on figures taken four weeks after the Dec 18 fare hike, Mr Lim said waiting times in the city area during peak hours have 'gone down substantially'.

Mr Lim revealed that commuters in the city only have to wait for up to 6 minutes for a cab, significantly less than the 5 to 22 minutes before the fare hike.

Waiting times at the Suntec City taxi stands - said to be the worst performing of the lot - have been cut drastically from 22 minutes to 4 minutes.

While some cabbies have complained that passengers are not flagging taxis, Mr Lim said their earnings have however gone up.

Based on figures provided by ComfortDelGro, Singapore's biggest taxi operator, cabbies are pocketing about $11 more a day, earning about $318.

Mr Lim was responding to questions from MP for Tampines GRC Ms Irene Ng and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Mr Baey Yam Keng in Parliament.

Mr Lim also allayed Ms Ng's fears, saying that the extra surcharges for cabs plying the city areas would not pinch the supply in the suburbs.

The Transport Minister assured the House that the Land Transport Authority would continue to monitor the situation over the next 3 to 4 months and work with taxi operators and associations.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 06:13:03 AM »

30) "Is it better to take your medicine sooner or stretch it out? Take medicine once or two times? I prefer to make my medicine early..."- PM Lee Hsien Loong

29) "For a person who runs a million-dollar charitable organisation, $600,000 is peanuts as it has a few hundred millions in reserves." - Mrs Goh Chok Tong

28) "Right now we have Low Thia Khiang, Chiam See Tong, Steve Chia. We can deal with them. Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I'm going to spend all my time thinking what's the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week's problem and forget about next year's challenges?"PM Lee Hsien Loong, 3 May 2006.

27) "If you don't include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society...So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That's a problem." - MM Lee in 1983

26) "...I regret making the decision because, in the end, the baby continued to be in intensive care, and KKH now runs up a total bill of more than $300,000..."- Lim Hng Kiang, regretting the decision to save a baby's life because KKH ran up a $300K.

25) "Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening." Lim Hng Kiang

24) "Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed." - Yeo Cheow Tong

23) "Retrenchment is good for singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry." - SM Goh

22) "We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two... We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellecually and culturally anaemic." - MM Lee in 1967

21)"Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment."- Cedric Foo

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 06:12:51 PM »


1) "Fair-weather Singaporeans will run away whenever the country runs into stormy weather. I call them "quitters."- PM Goh Chok Tong

haizz ... i m one of those unquitables ...

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2011, 09:46:52 AM »

From: Some Mindboggling Quotes from MPs

Something interesting for people to read about. These are not make up by me but gather on the internet from various sources. Smiley Temasek Review, vr-zone.com and Singapore Election Watch

"Retrenchment is good for singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry." - SM Goh

"The opposition's plans to 'give and give' will lead to Singaporeans having to pay higher taxes in order to foot the bill." - then DPM Lee at a rally in Tampines, in 2001.

"$2.6b 'Progress Package' for lower-income groups, elderly, NSmen" - now PM Lee, in 2006

"Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment." - Cedric Foo

"I don't think that there should be a cap on the number of directorship that a person can hold." - PAP MP John Chen who holds 8 directorships.

"It's not for the money because some of the companies pay me as little as $10,000 a year." - PAP MP Wang Kai Yuen who holds 11 directorships.

"We are not considering a casino but an IR - an integrated resort. IRs are quite different." - George Yeo

"If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing... a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die." - Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports

"I would want to form an alternative policies group in Parliament, comprising 20 PAP MPs. These 20 PAP MPs will be free to vote in accordance with what they think of a particular policy. In other words, the whip for them will be lifted. This is not playing politics, this is something which I think is worthwhile doing." - SM Goh

"If you sing Jailhouse Rock with your electric guitar when others are playing Beethoven, you are out of order. The whip must be used on you." - SM Goh again, on a dramatic u-turn, rethink or backtrack, whatever you call it.

"The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) spends more than 80 per cent of its funds on its beneficiaries." - Lim Hng Khiang

"Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening." - another gem from Lim Hng Kiang

"We started off with (the name) and after looking at everything, the name that really tugged at the heartstrings was in front of us. The name itself is not new, but what has been used informally so far has endeared itself to all parties." - Mah Bow Tan on the $400,000 exercise to rename Marina Bay as Marina Bay.

"Having enjoyed football as a national sport for decades, we in Singapore have set ourselves the target of reaching the final rounds of World Cup in 2010." - Ho Peng Kee

"Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed." - Yeo Cheow Tong

"Singaporean workers have become more expensive than those in the USA and Australia." - Tony Tan

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