#learnwithCCS: Chan Chun Sing encourages students, goes microdrilling on TikTok

12/10/2023

There are many ways to make one’s mark — and find one’s fulfilment — in this changing world.  

The PAP Government’s education plan caters for these through its skills-based learning and learning for life approaches. It is no wonder that while Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing continues his journey of picking up skills from Singapore’s students, these students are showing how schools support their diverse strengths and interests.

Nanyang Polytechnic: The egg grading

“How do you like your eggs?” is always a divisive question when setting the breakfast table, but what everyone can agree on is that fresh is best. 

“At @nanyangpoly, there are no bad eggs, only ‘A’ grade eggs! Jaka and Lalithhaa from Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition show me how they test for the freshness of eggs,” posted Minister Chan (Jul 3) about his visit to the campus. 

There, he learnt that the height of the egg white around the yolk tells you how fresh it is, and measured this with a special micrometer. 

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At @nanyangpoly, there are no bad eggs, only “A” grade eggs! Jaka and Lalithhaa from Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition show me how they test for the freshness of eggs. #learnwithCCS #nanyangpoly #ourschoolstories

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In Singapore, an average person consumes 390 eggs yearly; that’s a growing 2-billion-plus eggs total nationally. This check for cracks in quality is one particular skill which meets many everyday needs — especially when Singapore is headed towards a sustainable egg supply

ITE College East: The gardening

Another key part of everyday life in Singapore? The seven million (and counting) trees which purify our air, beautify our island, and give us year-round shade.

It’s a good idea to do thorough health checks on these leafy friends, but this is a massive task considering their sheer number; someone might be expected to visit up to a thousand trees a month.  

That is where specialised courses for developing arboreal interests at ITE College East come in.  

“TCM [Traditional Chinese Medicine] for the trees, huh?” jokes Minister Chan (Oct 3) with student arborist Gwendolyn as they face a table with the cross-section of a tree trunk on it. 

“Correct — acupuncture!” responds Gwendolyn. 

Then, Minister Chan checks for tree trunk decay using a microdrill.

@chanchunsingsg

Learnt about arboriculture at @itecollegeeast, where Gwendolyn introduced me to the art of studying and managing trees and other woody plants 🌴🪵 #learnwithCCS

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The microdrill needs a person’s full body weight pushing against it, Minister Chan soon learns while taking an accurate, non-invasive reading of the trunk’s health. 

“With this prior experience, we really get familiarised with what an arborist does,” states Gwendolyn. 

Temasek Polytechnic: The fashioning and the WorldSkilling

And with all this focus on diverse skillsets, Minister Chan was there to give a morale-boosting visit to Temasek Polytechnic’s Fashion Technology students Venice and Jasmine; this just in time before they displayed their crafts at WorldSkills ASEAN 2023

He also tried his hand at sewing while the duo watched. These were expert eyes. Jasmine and Venice’s projects have involved recycling Singapore Airlines livery and upcycling old clothes for a sustainable, trendsetting look.   

@chanchunsingsg

Jamaine and Venice from @Temasek Polytechnic will be competing at WorldSkills ASEAN 2023, in Fashion Technology. They are part of the 44-member contingent representing Singapore 🇸🇬 this year. Wishing our competitors all the best in their skill areas! ⭐️ The event is open to the public from 23 to 25 July at Suntec, with free workshops and interactive activities. Find out more at https://worldskillsasean.org/2023/.

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“When I visit the schools, I always ask our students one question: ‘What makes you special?’ I asked them this because I want them to grow up knowing that each and every one of them has a special skill set,” shared Minister Chan at the Schools Work Plan Seminar some time (Sept 20) after WorldSkills.   

This is a message which more students need to hear while our national social compact refreshes going forward. Grades are just one factor in education. Developing real, practical skills in one’s chosen niche is another — they not only make people ready to succeed when opportunities present themselves, their distinct threads make the tapestry of society that much more vibrant.