05 Dec 2015

Address by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris Punggol GRC at the SINDA P1 Starters Seminar 2015 on 05 December 2015 at Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre


Friends from SINDA and MOE,

Parents, Guests,


A very good morning. I am delighted to join you here today at SINDA’s Primary 1 Starters.

  1. Embarking on primary-level education is a big step for every child and parent. It is the beginning of an adventure, filled with exciting possibilities and infinite potential.
  1. As with any other adventure that we undertake, it is important that we are well prepared and equipped with the right resources. Our children, as they enter Primary 1, will be filled with many anxieties and face a number of new challenges. As parents, you will need to have the right knowledge and skillsets, so that you can be effective guides and companions in their new journey.
  1. As parents, we need to enable our child to maximise the learning experiences both in and out of classroom. We need to help our children enjoy the process of learning such that they are more motivated to learn.
  1. Increasingly, learning is a lifelong journey that continues beyond school. Thus, inspiring our children to see that learning is not just confined to the classrooms spaces and that it can take place at any time and any place is something we should inculcate in their young minds from the outset.
  1. Laying a strong foundation for our children to become life-long learners is an important value that would help our children thrive in an ever changing and globalised world.
  1. Besides shaping our child’s learning experiences, parental support and involvement is also vital to boost our children’s academic potential. When parents get involved in their child’s education, children are likely to do better in school and be more successful later in life.
  1. The Ministry of Education has a whole host of initiatives to support parents as partners in your child’s education. It has taken steps to ensure that every child entering primary school is well prepared for their educational journey ahead. MOE also actively works towards involving parents to be more active in their children’s education.
  1. Key examples of such efforts include:
  • The introduction of parent support groups, to encourage parents to constructively contribute their time and energy to schools; and
  • A comprehensive Education and Career Guidance (ECG) component to equip parents with the necessary knowledge and skills when helping their children make important academic and career decisions.
  1. To complement MOE’s initiatives, SINDA also has a number of pre-school and primary-level programmes to help your children. You will hear about many of such programmes today and I urge all of you to enrol your children in these initiatives.
  1. As parents, you have the responsibility to guide and nurture your children, and ensure that they attain what they need to be happy adults in the future, and good citizens of Singapore. Be their pillars of strength, their source of comfort, and above all the person they can come to prepare for and share all of life’s experiences.
  1. I hope this seminar will prove to be a useful session for all of you and that you will return home today, armed with newfound knowledge and resources to help your children.
  1. Thank you and have a great day ahead.