Singapore reaffirms bilingual policy

December 30, 2009
Singapore Democrats

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Xinhua News

Singapore’s Education Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday reaffirmed Singapore’s bilingual policy which remains relevant for economic and cultural reasons.

Speaking at a principals appointing ceremony, Ng said that if the next chapter of history will be centered on the rise of Asia, as many believe, then bilingual skills will be an asset for Singapore children.

He said that it is necessary to make appropriate adjustment to respond to changing language environment, with nearly 6 in 10 Chinese students today coming from household where English is the dominant home language, compared to 1 in 10 in 1982.