27 June 2019
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has said that no matter how far technology advances, teachers in Singapore will never be replaced.
“I do not think that education, like some other industries, will be replaced by robots and computers. A teacher cannot be replaced, a principal cannot be replaced,” Mr Ong said.
“This is a highly personalised, values-transmission process.”
Mr Ong Ye Kung made these comments at an education symposium held at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, where education industry players examined the possibilities that technology could bring to education.
Mr Ong Ye Kung said that the Education Ministry will support the use of Information and Communications Technology in learning.
As relevant as teachers will remain in the Lion City, he acknowledged that they can turn to technology for assistance after seeing how computer systems have helped teachers identify students’ weaknesses in certain topics.