Student and Teacher Well-being: The Singapore Experience

Dr Ng Pak Tee

Associate Professor

Department of Policy, Curriculum and Leadership

National Institute of Education

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Date: May 27, 2021 (Friday) Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (HKT)


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Abstract

Singapore’s education system, known for its robust curriculum and excellent results, is also known for its keen competitiveness and high pressure. The media often highlights issues of examination stress and teachers’ workload. The current pandemic has added more stress to both students and teachers. How does Singapore respond to the twin issues of student and teacher well-being? In this lecture, Dr Ng describes some recent initiatives to address these issues. He also shares his own reflection: one critical aspect of well-being for both student and teacher is the “bread and butter” issue of teaching and learning. The more we focus on holistic education, which is engaging, joyful and meaningful, and supporting teachers to teach well, the more wellness they may actually and eventually experience.

About the Speaker Dr Ng Pak Tee is a Singaporean educator who is deeply involved in the development of school leaders. He was a Mathematics teacher and a Ministry of Education officer before joining the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as an academic. At the NIE, Dr Ng has previously served as Associate Dean of Leadership Learning and Head of the Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group. His main work is in educational change, policy and leadership. He has delivered numerous speeches globally, such as the Google Global Education Symposium in Silicon Valley and the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in New Orleans. Dr Ng is currently a member of Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisers and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He considers it a privilege to be able to educate students who are educational leaders themselves and who build others through their leadership, work and lives.