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Mr Yee Jenn Jong, who was a non-constituency MP under the Labor Party from 2011 to 2015, shared an unusual personal message on Facebook on Wednesday (23 November) saying that as a parent he had been waiting for youth work. School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results for his foster daughter that day.
Mr Yee shared a photo of some youths, believed to be PSLE takers, sitting in a hall where a picture had been posted. It included a quote from the Irish poet William Butler Yeats who said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the kindling of a fire.” The quote had been shared by the headmaster, Mr Yee wrote.
The school’s PSLE pass rate is 100 percent, and all exam candidates are eligible to continue on to high school. He wrote that the Irish poet’s quote reflects their family’s philosophy and that he is pleased that his older children have “found their way in life”.
Mr. Yee added that he was happy for his foster daughter.“Glad that our foster daughter did well today and she is already going to a secondary school through DSA anyway. Had been a great journey for us in the nurturing process as well. All the best to those who get their results today and may you find your path in life.
Now that the ex-NCMP’s children are grown, he thought he would never have the experience of waiting again PSLE results. But he was there because of their “foster daughter that we’ve taken care of for the past 1.5 years.”
Mr Yee went on to praise Yumin Primary School in Tampines, writing that it has “very dedicated teachers who have been very supportive”.
During his time as NCMP, Mr. Yee has shown that education is an issue he is passionate about. He is the co-founder of The Learning Grid, 360 Education and Ignium Academy, and the About Me page on his website lists him as an Education Entrepreneur & consultant and a Start-up Mentor.
He also wrote a memoir about his political career titled Journey in Blue: a look inside Singapore’s Workers’ Party, after announcing a few years ago that he would no longer run in future elections to make way for younger WP members. /TISG
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