NIE celebrates stories of success and passion at the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony February 2011
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
This year is a celebration of the passion to teach!
Among the 452 newly qualified teachers who will receive their NIE diplomas at the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony, 21% are mid-career switchers aged 28 years and older who hold at least a degree.
Graced by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs, the event will be held at the Nanyang Auditorium, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Tuesday, 15 February 2011.
The Valedictorian, Mr Wong Shing Kit, is a mid-career switcher who gave up the accounting industry to become a teacher. “It may sound like a cliché, but to me, being a teacher is really a calling. It is true that the accounting industry rewards me better in monetary terms, but the intangible rewards and the sense of satisfaction that teaching offers are what I value the most,” said Mr Wong.
Professor Lee Sing Kong, Director, NIE congratulates all the graduands who have gone through numerous obstacles and challenges not only in life but in NIE because of their belief in defining love for teaching. “NIE has equipped these teachers with the Skills, Values and Knowledge to bring about relevance in our 21 century environment. To inspire and be inspired is what I believe your passion will do for you to meet the challenges in your teaching careers.”
At the ceremony, the teachers will receive their Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Arts (Education), Bachelor of Science (Education) and Diploma in Education.
The graduands’ statistics is in Annexe A and the list of prize winners is in Annexe B.
Speech by Director Lee Sing Kong
Speech by MOS Masagos Zulkifli
Speech by Valedictorian
The Straits Times.com, 15 February 2011: More making mid-career switch to become teachers
The Straits Times, Page B7: More switching careers to teach
Berita Harian, Page 2: More NIE graduates from mid-career group
My Paper, Page B4: More people making mid-career switch to become teachers
Lianhe Wanbao, Page 6: More professionals switch to teaching for their families
Lianhe Zaobao, Page 10: More switching careers to teach in the recent 10 years