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While many schools have shifted back to in-person schooling after the peak of the pandemic, many educators still approach the school year with cautious optimism. To ease anxieties, deeper infrastructural changes can be made in schools to prioritise job quality, community healing, individual wellness, and foster a school culture of inclusiveness and belonging. To safeguard students’ mental health in schools, acknowledging that our education systems directly contribute to the mental health crisis is key; bold steps schools can take to prioritise students’ mental wellbeing include limiting homework, eliminating class rankings, and limiting the number of extra classes students can take.

Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.