Minister for Education (Singapore)

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Education Minister(s) of
the Republic of Singapore
Maj Gen Ng Chee Meng at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore - 20140530.jpg

Ong Ye Kung at the PAP Party Convention - 20151206.jpg
Incumbent
Ng Chee Meng (Schools)
Ong Ye Kung (Higher Education and Skills)

since 1 October 2015
Inaugural holder Yong Nyuk Lin
Formation 3 June 1959
Website www.moe.gov.sg

The Minister for Education is an appointment in the Cabinet of Singapore and heads the Ministry of Education. The position is currently held by two ministers, Ng Chee Meng (Schools) and Ong Ye Kung (Higher Education and Skills).[1]

Minister Start of Term End of Term Notes
Yong Nyuk Lin 5 June 1959 1963
Ong Pang Boon[2] 1963 6 September 1970[3]
Lim Kim San[4] 6 September 1970[3] 15 September 1972
Lee Chiaw Meng 16 September 1972 1 June 1975
Chua Sian Chin 2 June 1975 11 February 1979
Goh Keng Swee 12 February 1979 31 May 1980
Tony Tan Keng Yam[5] 1 June 1980 31 May 1981[6]
Goh Keng Swee 1 June 1981[6] December 1984
Tony Tan Keng Yam 2 January 1985[7] 29 December 1991 current President of the Republic of Singapore
Lee Yock Suan 1 January 1992 January 1997
Teo Chee Hean 25 January 1997 31 July 2003 Current DPM
Tharman Shanmugaratnam 1 August 2003 31 March 2008 Acting: 1 Aug 2003 – 11 Aug 2004
Current DPM
Ng Eng Hen 1 April 2008 20 May 2011
Heng Swee Keat 21 May 2011 30 September 2015

With the expanding scope of education in Singapore and the implementation of SkillsFuture in 2016,[8] the Ministry of Education is now helmed by two ministers – one minister (Schools) overseeing pre-school, primary, secondary, and junior college education; and another minister (Higher Education and Skills) overseeing the ITE, polytechnics, universities and SkillsFuture.[9]

Minister for Education (Schools)
Minister Start of Term End of Term Notes
Ng Chee Meng 1 October 2015 Incumbent Acting
Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills)
Minister Start of Term End of Term Notes
Ong Ye Kung 1 October 2015 Incumbent Acting

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ong Pang Boon". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Statement from the Prime Minister's Office" (PDF) (Press release). Singapore: Prime Minister's Office. 29 May 1981. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Lim Kim San". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tony Tan Keng Yam". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Statement from the Prime Minister's Office" (PDF) (Press release). Singapore: Prime Minister's Office. 29 May 1981. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Statement from the Prime Minister's Office" (PDF) (Press release). Singapore: Prime Minister's Office. 31 December 1984. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Yong, Charissa (9 March 2015). "Singapore Budget 2015: SkillsFuture courses to include aerospace, IT, languages, culinary skills". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Jing Yng, Ng (29 September 2015). "2 ministers each in MOE, MTI needed due to bigger work scope". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 October 2015.