1,961 NIE graduates set to join teaching fraternity

1,961 NIE graduates set to join teaching fraternity

Date
Sunday, 10 July 2011

Media Type
Channel NewsAsia online

SINGAPORE : Some 1,961 graduates of the National Institute of Education (NIE) will begin their teaching journeys soon.

At the annual Teachers' Investiture Ceremony held over July 6 and 7, three young educators also received national honours for being inspirational teachers.

They are Edwina Cheng, 27, from Compassvale Secondary School; Syed Faisal, 29, from Greendale Secondary School; and Jerine Teh, 29, from Teck Ghee Primary School.

At Greendale Secondary School, history lessons are taught with the help of games and video clips and frequent class interaction on the blogosphere.

Teacher Syed Faisal said it's these little things that develop his students beyond the formal curriculum.

His zeal and inspirational leadership won him the Outstanding Youth in Education Award.

He said: "It is really that continued perseverance and that continued belief and conviction that every student can change, every student can be better at the end of their four years; I think that is my main motivation."

And a new batch of graduates will soon join Mr Syed in nurturing Singapore's future.

For 29-year-old valedictorian Jonathan Leo Ng, the teacher's pledge signifies a personal triumph.

He had initially failed to qualify for a degree programme because of his low grades, but persevered for the love of teaching.

In two and a half years, he has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education - with four awards.

His years at the NIE also led him to meet his wife, who teaches as well.

"I've always wanted to do a degree, especially in Physical Education because I really feel that PE is a very important vehicle where we can impart very important values to students. And the whole time I was upset, the lady behind me and supporting me was my wife Rowena, and I'd really like to thank her for being there for me," said Ng, NIE graduate and Valedictorian for the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony.

But it's certainly not the end of the learning journey for these graduates. The Ministry of Education is looking at creating more opportunities for teachers to pursue further studies.

"Starting this July, teachers pursuing a part-time Master's degree can opt for part-time teaching. This will reduce their workload and enable them to devote more time their studies," said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Notably, this year saw 120 graduands being conferred a Diploma in Special Education - a 26 per cent increase from 2010.

Source: Channel NewsAsia online, sph