Thursday, January 27, 2011
MM Lee gets rock star treatment at Dunman High
During the one hour visit, MM Lee observed lessons and spent most of his time interacting with pupils.
The students clapped, cheered and took snapshots with their camera phones - all to welcome Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, as he arrived at Dunman High School on Monday (January 24).
During the one-hour visit, MM Lee observed lessons and spent most of his time interacting with the pupils in class.
Minister Mentor has been visiting several schools for the past few months to gauge the quality of education, and as far as the equipment is concerned, his verdict is that neighbourhood schools are as good as the brand name schools.
The only difference, he says, is the students' family background.
In MM’s view, if at least one parent has a university education, the home background will be more supportive for the student's learning. The challenge is to get lesser educated parents to understand that they should get their children to acquire knowledge by themselves from a young age, rather than be spoon-fed by the teachers.
MM Lee also emphasised the importance of bilingualism in Singapore. He said even though 80 percent of lessons in school are taught in English, students should try their best to maintain a high level of Mandarin.
Watch MM’s visit to Dunman High where he was treated like a rock star.