In a post-pandemic world, educational technology (EdTech) has accelerated the provision of more accessible and inclusive learning for students. EdTech has diversified sources of information beyond the physical classroom, allowing the convenience of remote online learning that is available 24/7. 
In a recent dialogue on education, co-hosted by The HEAD Foundation, participants discussed about the persistence of education inequality in Singapore, challenging Singapore’s meritocratic ethos. These educational barriers are underscored by income inequalities – for example, the ability to afford private tutors for students. 
However, EdTech could promote more equitable learning by providing a cost-effective alternative through Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI systems can replicate curated educational content, generating customised lessons tailored to student’s proficiency levels and learning styles. Interactive learning experiences for students are also facilitated through technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR). Moreover, the ability of EdTech to bridge geographical distances has improved students’ access to education. Edtech firms such as Explico and MindX have expanded their online learning platforms, accessible to students across the globe especially 
As technology advances, institutions must be well-prepared to harness EdTech as a tool that is a boon, not a bane. To learn more about AI in education, subscribe to The HEAD Foundation’s Publications mailing list and learn how to effectively use AI as an educator and learner in the upcoming June 2023 issue of HESB. 

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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.