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Reform Party seminar on education this Saturday 23 Jan

Seminar on Education – Reform Party press release

Following our successful seminar on Economic Policy, we are starting 2010 with a seminar on the Education system in Singapore. The following issues will be discussed:

1. What are the education policies needed to prepare our next generation?
2. How can we make education the key means of enhancing social mobility and employability of Singaporeans?
3. What are the education plans for Special Need/Disabled Children?

The Reform Party’s Secretary General, Kenneth Jeyaretnam will be delivering the keynote speech. Our panel of speakers from the Reform party is detailed below:

1. Mr. Tony Tan graduated from the University of Cambridge with 1st Class Honours in Engineering. His first career was with the SAF as an Army Officer. Currently, he is the CEO of a Private Education Organisation and is a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Reform Party as well as holding the key portfolios of Education and Defence in the Shadow Cabinet.

2. Ms Hazel Poa graduated from the University of Cambridge with 1st Class Honours in Mathematics. She was a PSC scholar and former Administrative Service Officer. She is currently the Managing Director of an education company with operations in Singapore and Indonesia.

3. Mr. Justin Ong is a corporate banker in a GLC. He obtained an Honours Degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and currently serves on the NUS Political Science Alumni Association as an Ex-Co member. He is a member of the Central Executive Committee and Head of the Youth Wing.

The external speaker for the seminar is Dr James Gomez. Mr. Tan Kin Lian, who is unable to attend, has penned a paper to share his thoughts on Singapore’s education system. His paper will be circulated during the seminar.

The seminar will be held on 23 Jan from 1:30pm to 4.30pm at Berkshire School Pte Ltd, 100 Beach Road #02-19A, Shaw Towers, Singapore 189702. Registration can be done on Facebook by searching for “Reform Party”.

Released by the Reform Party’s CEC:

Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Edmund Ng
James Teo
Tony Tan
Justin Ong
Amy Lui
Mohammed Affendy
Quek Teow Chuan
Tan Tee Seng


The Reform Party on facebook here and the facebook event page for the seminar here.

Dr James Gomez is a Lecturer, Communications, Public Relations & Writing, at the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, in Monash University.

Over the years James has brought his field experience into the classroom, in various capacities, at the undergraduate level at National University of Singapore (1996) and for the Masters in Asia-Pacific Studies for the University of Leeds’ (1998) distance learning course in Singapore. Additionally he has taught a Masters level course at Thammasat University (2002-2004) and guest lectured at various times at Mahidol University, Thailand (2002-2009). He has also acted as advisor to various student research projects. In 2009, he designed and delivered a Masters level course “New Media and Political Culture” at Tsukuba University in Japan. James has done short term research fellowships at the Baptist University of Hong Kong (2002), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2005) and at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan (2008). He sits on the editorial board of Asia Rights (Online Journal of Human Rights), the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University….continuing reading

Dr Gomez, along with fellow members of Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD), gave a talk and fielded questions at a Talk Politics meeting held recently at Post-Museum. See here for media reports on the event. And here for photos of the event thanks to Aidil Omar. See here for the statement on the soft launch of the SFD website and facebook group and information on the registration of SFD.

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