30 September 2012

National Conversation: Listen More, Talk Less

Singapore's National Conversation 2012 was introduced during the National Day Rally Speeches of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat on 26 August 2012.

A National Conversation on "Our Singapore" is needed to define what sort of country Singaporeans want and how it can be achieved, because Singaporeans have diverse needs and wants.

Haven't Singaporeans been having conversations among themselves and with the Government?

23 September 2012

No Ranking, No Banding, No PSLE?

The Ministry of Education will abolish the academic banding of schools this year.

Banding or grouping of secondary schools according to their average O-level scores into nine broad bands was introduced in 2004.

But ranking of secondary schools started much earlier, in 1992.

03 September 2012

Aren't Moderators Supposed to be Neutral?

The topic on MediaCorp's Channel News Asia Talking Point on 28 August 2012 was "Do PM Lee's Suggestions Encourage You to Have More Babies", referring to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's suggestions at the National Day Rally to raise Singapore women's total fertility rate.

A feature of the programme is the poll carried out during the one-hour broadcast.

At the beginning of the programme, the vote was 12.1 per cent "yes" and 87.9 per cent "no".