April 2017 | Issue 16
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Mr Othman Wok, one of Singapore's founding fathers, passed away earlier this week. In commemorating his contributions, PM Lee commended Mr Othman's dedication and courage during the turbulent times in the 1960s, particularly his belief in a multi-racial and multi-religious Singapore.
Fake news has been flagged for influencing Brexit and last year's US Presidential Election. Experts at a dialogue raised concerns about the subtle but insidious effects of fake news on a population's psyche and trust in major institutions. While they would like to see more government action against fake news, it is also critical that people exercise personal responsibility over what they read and share online.
Four pairs of junior colleges will be merged in 2019 due to falling enrolment. Seven pairs of primary schools and three pairs of secondary schools will also be merged. The mergers are needed due to Singapore's declining birth rate.