The guiding philosophy that valedictorian Mr Benny Lee Kah Chong shared with his peers in his speech at the Leaders in Education Programme Graduation Dinner on 10 October 2013 was:
“It is about planting the flower seeds where the bucket leaks and playing that critical role in helping the leaking bucket find its purpose in life.”
To Mr Lee, every student and teacher has his or her own strengths and an educator’s role is to help them find their own strengths and purpose in life. He added, “This is what makes school leadership different from other forms of leadership. It is not just about doing things right and running our school efficiently, but also about doing the right things.”
The annual Leaders in Education Programme (LEP) is offered by the National Institute of Education (NIE) for senior educators specially selected by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The full-time programme that runs on a six-month duration aims to not only provide senior educators with a skillset essential to performing the role of a principal but also the experiences to promote creative thinking and problem-solving to meet the needs of an ever-changing education landscape.
This year, a total of 26 senior educators, including three from Brunei, graduated from the LEP. They received their certificates at the Dinner from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education.