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When taking a question from the floor over whether if today’s education system is too inflexible, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung told the student that he should take ownership and face the problem himself.

Jurong JC student Ryan Ng:”I have once lost a mark in a biology exam because he did not italicise the name of a lizard. How can people be selected for future jobs that value creative thinking when today’s education system favours mental rigour and fixed methods?”

The question was met with overwhelming applause from the floor, signalling a strong anti-establishment sentiment at the forum.

To which Minister Ong Ye Kung replied:

“While the Government provides the system, you’ve got to own your education. You look at education as a much bigger experience – making friends, sometimes from other countries; working with teachers who are caring, who are unreasonable – these are all people you’re going to work with next time.”

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The Minister then went on telling employees aged 25 and above to make use of the government’s S$500 credit under the SkillsFuture policy to take up new training.

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