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At last year's MOE Work Plan Seminar, Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat launched the Parents in Education website, an MOE website that brings together a wealth of learning resources, parenting tips and education news. Established by MOE's Schools Division, the website is designed for parents of school-going children of all ages. They can find out more about the many options and types of schools in Singapore's education system, and pick up ideas on how they can guide their children in their learning. The information on the website is broken down into intuitive categories covering primary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as broad categories on resources and references, Singapore schools, and the role of parents in education. There are also regularly updated links to videos on individual schools, education news such as a Talking Point episode on Channel NewsAsia, and recent happenings in schools. For parents Mrs Loon-Boo Linda and Mrs Wong Terry Jean, the Parents in Education website has fast become their go-to website whenever they need information or inspiration on guiding their children in school. They find that the Parents in Education website is easy for them to navigate. As Mrs Loon-Boo says, "It's an all-in-one website, so I don't have to search all over to find information."
Gangnam Style by popular Korean singer, PSY, is what many children know of Korea these days. At Ngee Ann Primary School, during the International Friendship Day celebrations from 10 to 12 April, this song was heard no less than six times as pupils took to the stage to rock to the Korean pop song. But it did not stop there. Parents and teachers were determined to show pupils that Korea was not just about Gangnam Style, and that Japan was not just about sushi for that matter. "This year, we chose to focus on Korea and Japan as they both have influenced the world with their popular cultures. Our aim is to expose the children to different cultures each year," said Ms Faith Sim, a parent volunteer who was in charge of organising the event.