SINGAPORE — Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution and Anglo-Chinese Junior College will be among 61 schools getting new prinicipals next year. This is part of an annual reshuffle exercise by the Ministry of Education (MOE), which covers primary schools to junior colleges.
From the 61 schools, 16 of them, including St Patrick’s School and Swiss Cottage Secondary School, will have principals who have been appointed to the role for the first time.
In its press release on Friday (Oct 13), the MOE also listed the principals who will, for the first time, be in charge of four secondary schools that will be taking in students and staff members from schools merging with them: Damai Secondary (merged school with Bedok North Secondary School), Loyang Secondary (with Greenview Secondary School), Peirce Secondary (with Bishan Park Secondary School), and Yio Chu Kang Secondary (with Chong Boon Secondary School).
Last year, the MOE announced that 22 secondary schools will be merged into 11 by 2018, due to falling birth rates and student cohort sizes. In April this year, it again announced that by 2019, seven pairs of primary schools, three pairs of secondary schools, and four pairs of junior colleges will merge in 2019.
On Friday, in response to the new appointments, Raffles Institution posted a statement on its website that its principal Chan Poh Meng is retiring at the end of this year “after four years with the school and 35 years in the education service”.
Its incoming principal, Mr Frederick Yeo, is now heading Crest Secondary School in Jurong East, Singapore’s first specialised school which offers students a customised Normal (Technical) curriculum comprising academic learning and vocational training. Mr Yeo, former principal of Bowen Secondary School, was directly involved in the setting up of the specialised school, which opened in 2013.
He and the rest of the 61 principals will be getting their letters of appointment at a ceremony on Dec 28. The event, to be attended by Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools), will also acknowledge the contributions of retiring principals and senior education officers from the MOE headquarters who had formerly served as principals.
MOE said that the process of appointing and rotating principals allows schools to benefit from new perspectives and enables those who are experienced to share best practices across schools.
They would also get the chance to take on new challenges and help shape and strengthen the work of the schools to which they are posted.
“For the 16 newly appointed principals, this is an important career milestone as they assume bigger responsibilities as leaders in education,” it added.