Dr Pak Tee


Pak Tee Ng is Associate Dean, Leadership Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He teaches in executive programmes for school leaders including Principalship and Head of Department-shi), postgraduate programmes for research candidates (Master, EdD and PhD), and foundation programmes for trainee teachers. Pak Tee’s main areas of teaching, research, training and consultancy at NIE are Educational Leadership, Educational Policies, Learning Organisation, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Innovation, Complexity, and Coaching.

Keynote: Encountering New Horizons – the Singapore Story

In this keynote address, Professor Ng draws on his new book “Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes” to explain how the Singapore education system encounter new horizons and meet the associated challenges.  Paradoxically, while we have to be bold as educators to make timely change to promote a new way of thinking about education, we cling on to timeless constants to help us navigate the turbulent waters of change.  

The Singapore education system is changing to focus on quality instead of quantity.  Professor Ng will explain how Singapore reformed curriculum, teaching and learning in its schools. He will also share the key success factors, reform challenges, and the lessons learned along the way.  In particular, one of the policy initiatives in the Singapore education system is to encourage teachers, paradoxically, to “teach less” so that students can “learn more”.  “Teach Less Learn More” encourages educators to reflect upon the why, what and how of teaching and learning, and encourages students to become engaged learners.

Masterclass: The practical challenges of encountering new horizons – how to teach less and yet learn more?

In the keynote address, Professor Ng will have explained the concept of “teaching less” so that students can “learn more”.  In this session, he will discuss how school leaders can lead this initiative and how teachers can achieve this in practice.  The main challenge is to change our mindsets regarding what effective pedagogies are and the way to develop creativity in our students.