Teachers are ‘facilitators’, not ‘instructors’: Dr Janil Puthucheary

Teachers are ‘facilitators’, not ‘instructors’: Dr Janil Puthucheary

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

SINGAPORE: A total of 163 graduates received their degrees and diplomas at the Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony at the National Institute of Education (NIE) on Tuesday (Jan 12).

The ceremony was graced by guest-of-honour Dr Janil Puthucheary, who is Minister of State for Education, and Communications and Information.

It was Dr Janil's first official event as Minister of State since he was sworn in last week.

In his speech, he said: "The NIE Teaching and Learning Framework aims to foster learner experiences characterised by the ‘EPIIC’ acronym - Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich, Inquiry and Connectivity. Under this framework, you, our teachers, take the role of ‘facilitators’ rather than ‘instructors’.

"Being a facilitator means you have the important task of guiding students to engage in meaningful and critical discussions that promote creative thinking, collaborative sharing and self-reflection."

Dr Janil also presented awards to five outstanding graduates who have a passion for teaching.

They included the winner of the inaugural C. Kunalan Book prize, given to the most outstanding graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, majoring in Physical Education.

Mr Bryan Ng, recipient of the C. Kunalan Book Prize, said: "I've always loved sports because I'm a national rugby player. Then when I started to become a Sunday school teacher, I experienced the love that I have for kids. I was thinking to marry both my love for sports and my love for kids. And therefore I think ... being a teacher is the route that I wanted to pursue.”

Mr Ng Jun Kiat received the NIE Gold Medal and the Justice Choor Singh Book Prize.

"When I was in the finance industry, I realised that (there are) people with a lot of knowledge and skills, but without character and values. They make quite bad decisions, so I thought maybe I should go into education, where I can educate students to have the right set of values and character,” he said. 

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