Teacher Preparation in Singapore

Dialogues 230213 - Teacher Prep in Singapore

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On 13 February 2023, The HEAD Foundation Dialogues launched  Teacher Preparation in Singapore: A Concise Critical History, with co-authors Dr Chia Yeow-Tong, Dr Jason Tan and Dr Alistair Chew with discussants Dr Kevin Blackburn and Prof S. Gopinathan.

Teacher preparation and education in Singapore started off being accidental, haphazard and non-institutional. The University of Singapore and Nanyang University used to do teacher training, but by the 1970s, the then Institute of Education, IE (now National Institute of Education, NIE) became the country’s sole teacher training institute.

As it grows, NIE has looked towards the internationalisation of teacher training as part of the growth of the Institute and sector.

The future of NIE as the sole teacher training institute in Singapore remains an interesting issue summed up in this quote from the book’s final chapter:

“Teacher training in Singapore went from informal to formal and from multiple ‘providers’ to a single institution responsible for pre-service teacher education (TTC, IE and then NIE). In the last two decades, the range of curricular offerings has diversified almost beyond the ability of teacher preparation systems to cope.”

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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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.