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SINGAPORE – Sixty-one schools – from primary schools to junior colleges, including Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution – will be getting a new principal next year, as part of the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) annual reshuffle exercise.

Of the 61 schools, 16 will have principals who have been appointed for the first time.

In a statement on Friday (Oct 13), the MOE said the appointment for these 16 new principals is an important career milestone as they assume bigger responsibilities as leaders in education.

“For the 45 serving principals and (headquarter) officers who are assuming new principalship appointments, it is an affirmation of MOE’s confidence in their abilities to continue guiding our teachers and students in schools,” said the ministry.

It added that the process of appointing and rotating principals allows schools to benefit from new perspectives and enables experienced principals to share their insights across schools.

“Our principals will have the opportunity to take on new challenges, and contribute by shaping and strengthening the work of the schools that they are newly-appointed to,” said MOE.

The 61 schools include four secondary schools formed from mergers – Yio Chu Kang Secondary, Peirce Secondary, Damai Secondary and Loyang View Secondary.

Some of the first-time principals include Mr Eric Lee Wei Tat, who will be moving from his current position as Bedok Green Secondary School’s vice-principal to St Patrick’s School principal, and Mrs Finella Goh, who will step up to be principal of Lakeside Primary School. She is currently its vice-principal.

Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) will have a new principal, Mr Pang Choon How. PHOTO: HWA CHONG INSTITUTION

Several Integrated Programme schools will also be getting new heads. Raffles Institution (RI) will, from next year, be headed by Mr Frederick Yeo, who is currently principal of Crest Secondary School, a specialised school for Normal (Technical) students.

Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) will have a new principal, Mr Pang Choon How, now the director of mother tongue languages at MOE’s curriculum planning and development division 1.

The current principals of RI and HCI – Mr Chan Poh Meng and Dr Hon Chiew Weng – will be retiring.

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