Updated: 03/08/2014 02:16

Every school a good school means every school's good in its own way

Every school a good school means every school's good in its own way

Every School A Good School does not mean every school the same school. 

But it does mean that every school's good in its own way, seeking to bring out the best in every child. 

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat reiterated the philosophy behind this during his ministry's Committee of Supply debate. 

He says that good schools can be places of discovery, to nurture students and bring out the best in them. 

And he put this into perspective by elaborating on his discussions with parents - who share with him how different each of their children is, in temperaments, interests and aptitudes. 

"One is theoretical, another is hands-on. One is outgoing, another is introverted. Same parents! Same upbringing! Completely different temperaments, interests and aptitudes. Different outcomes. Now if a good parent with just 2 or 3 children cannot turn out identical outcomes, nor is judged on the basis that each of their children turn out the same way, is it right to judge a school as good or not good, on the basis of whether it can produce identical academic grades as another?"

He says there are many peaks of excellence and more such peaks should be developed. 

There are now specialised schools in arts, music, sports, science, maths, for applied learning and hands on learning. 

Mr Heng says in concrete terms, Every School A Good School is made a reality by resourcing schools based on their needs. 

Every school gets baseline funding and good infrastructure, and where appropriate, the Ministry will build specialised infrastructure fit for purpose.

Like labs for applied learning, or a teaching kitchen. 

But he added that the key strength in the school system is a strong score of good teachers and principals.

Who are all committed to bringing out the best in every child.

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