SINGAPORE – SINGAPORE – Chief Education Officer Wong Siew Hoong will retire on March 31 after 38 years of service during which he oversaw key changes like the overhaul of the PSLE grading system.
He will be replaced by Ms. Liew Wei Li, 49, who will step down from her current roles as Deputy Director General of Education (Schools) and Principal of Schools, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a statement on Monday. February 28. ).
Mr Wong, 62, began his career as a teacher in 1984 and was appointed Chief Education Officer in April 2015.
Previously, he served as Principal of Tanjong Katong Secondary School and Raffles Institution, Principal of Schools and Deputy Chief Education Officer (Curriculum).
In its statement, the Ministry of Education said Wong had made significant contributions to the education system and oversaw several key changes.
This includes changes to the PSLE grading system to grade students in wider bands rather than T scores.
The MOE has also introduced full subject splitting in secondary schools to replace streaming Sec 1 by 2024, as part of efforts to address student strengths in different subjects.
More recently, Mr. Wong helped lead the MOE’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in teaching and learning in schools.
The statement read: “Under his leadership, schools have successfully taken precautions to protect the well-being of students and staff, and have also implemented home-based learning so that student learning can continue without interruption.”
He added that Mr. Wong has also overseen an updated program that aims to integrate character and citizenship education with classes and extracurricular activities, and better mental health and cyber-wellness education in primary and secondary schools.
He also oversaw the roll-out of the Student Learning Space online platform, the policy of providing a personal learning device for high school students, and played a key role in building digital literacy in schools through through the National Digital Literacy Program, the Department of Education said.
Mr. Wong has also worked with the teaching fraternity to add effective teaching practices into Singapore’s teaching practice and, through it, promote teaching improvements and innovations, the statement added.
Mr Wong said: “It has been an immense privilege for me to serve in the teaching service, to work with so many dedicated teaching colleagues and, together with them, to help our students develop and reach their full potential. .”
Permanent Secretary for Education Lai Chung Han said, “I would like to thank Siew Hoong for his outstanding leadership as Director General of Education over the past seven years.
“He was an exemplary educator for nearly four decades, and I would like to express the MOE’s deep gratitude to him for his many significant contributions to the service of education and to Singapore.”