Learning for Life: Confidence for a New Future
1. During the Appropriations Committee debates on March 7, 2022, Minister Chan Chun Sing, 2nd Minister Maliki Osman, Minister of State Sun Xueling and Minister of State Gan Siow Huang spoke about the initiatives of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to advance the vision. of confident Singaporeans, a competitive Singapore and a cohesive society.
Expanding lifelong pathways and opportunities
2. MOE will pursue structural reforms to nurture the joy of learning in our students and provide multiple pathways and opportunities throughout life to cater to different strengths and interests. This will enable our students to reach their full potential and seize opportunities in a complex and rapidly changing world.
Improve porosity and flexibility
3. We are gradually rolling out Full Subject-Based Banding (SBB) in secondary schools between 2020 and 2024, to provide students with greater flexibility to personalize their educational experiences. We will be extending Full SBB to three schools that currently only offer the Express course – Crescent Girls’ School, Tanjong Katong Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Secondary School. With the removal of stream labels, students will have the opportunity to take different subjects at the appropriate levels throughout their secondary school years.
4. To enable a wider group of learner profiles to benefit from a practice-based preparatory pathway to a polytechnic education, we will expand the Polytechnic Foundation Program (PFP) and relax selected grade requirements for entry. from the start of the 2024 school year.
5. Building on previous efforts to broaden the definition of merit, the MOE will increase Direct School Admission (DSA) places for government and government-funded Junior Colleges (JCs) from 10% to 20% compared to the 2022 DSA-JC financial year. This will allow more students of diverse backgrounds and talents to enroll in JCs through the DSA.
(More details on the Full SBB, the expansion of the PFP and the increase in places for DSA-JC are on File 1).
Investing in our learners for life
6. MOE will examine the participation rate of publicly funded university cohorts, to provide more opportunities for skills development and access to degree pathways throughout the life. Our Institutes of Higher Education (IHL), including autonomous universities, will also revise their continuing education and training offerings to improve quality and accessibility for adult learners.
7. The MOE and SkillsFuture Singapore will also strengthen support for our mid-career workers by launching the new SkillsFuture Career Transition Program and expanding course coverage for SkillsFuture Additional Credits, so working adults can access a more wide range of courses. As an additional pillar of our social compact, we will also explore how to further strengthen support for Singaporeans, especially those in their 40s and 50s, to transition and seize new career opportunities.
8. In line with the recommendations of the Applied Education Opportunities and Pathways Review announced in January 2022, polytechnics will offer greater flexibility in their programs to students who will benefit from having their learning spread out beyond three years. ITE will gradually expand its offer of Technical Diplomas and work-study diplomas to offer more development opportunities to its graduates.
9. In addition, the polytechnics and ITE will strengthen industry partnerships to enhance skills development opportunities and career prospects for graduates, beginning with five sectors: Manufacturing, Built Environment, Infocomm Technology, Retail and food services.
(Details on the changes in our higher education landscape are available at Sheet 2).
Nurturing confident and resilient learners
Building future-ready skills
ten. We will encourage our students of different age groups to acquire a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and dispositions so that they become confident and lifelong learners.
11. To give students more time and space to further develop their 21st century skills and engage in more student-initiated learning, we will be scrapping mid-year exams for all primary and secondary d ‘by 2023. This is in line with our efforts to move away from an overemphasis on exams and nurtures an intrinsic joy of learning.
12. For other age groups, MOE will implement an updated Early Learner Learning Program Framework for Early Childhood Education. Polytechnics and ITE will also roll out an enhanced LifeSkills program for all incoming students from AY2022 to better equip them with skills and competencies to navigate between work and life. A similar LifeSkills framework will be rolled out to stand-alone universities. (See sheet 2 for more details).
13. The MOE will continue to help our students develop a strong grounding in our heritage and culture through native languages. From 2023, the MOE will set up the fourth center of the Malay Language Elective Program for Secondary Schools at Raffles Institution. We will also pilot a modular third language program to provide greater flexibility and access to students who have the interest and aptitude to learn a third language. At the same time, we will develop our students’ confidence in fostering diverse relationships and engaging the region and the world by helping our schools strengthen their overseas partnerships.
Support students with different needs
14. Building on our ongoing efforts to improve accessibility to special education, MOE will work with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore to establish a new school for students with multiple disabilities. This year, MOE also opened St. Andrew’s Mission School, which serves students with autism spectrum disorders who can access the national curriculum. The MOE is also on track to roll out TRANsition Support for InTegration (TRANSIT) to all primary schools by 2026 to support students with special educational needs entering P1.
15. Starting in 2022, the Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families (UPLIFT) task force will expand two UPLIFT initiatives to support the most disadvantaged students. When fully rolled out over the next few years, the UPLIFT Enhanced School Resourcing program is expected to support approximately 13,000 students per year and the UPLIFT Community Network will benefit approximately 1,800 students nationwide.
16. As part of the review of applied education opportunities and pathways, the polytechnics and ITE will explore how to improve the coordination of care and support for students with complex needs. They will also improve pastoral care support for students by considering devoting more time to personal tutors (PTs) to check in with students and improving training for PTs.
(More details on MOE’s efforts to nurture confident and resilient learners, and support for students with different needs are at File 3).
Empowering educators to drive change and change mindsets through partnerships
17. Through the Teacher Work Attachment Programme-Plus, the MOE will continue to help our teachers grow professionally and expose them to diverse experiences, to enable them to bring new perspectives into the classroom. At the same time, the MOE will continue to support the mental well-being of teachers by working with schools to manage teacher workload and by strengthening peer support for teachers.
18. MOE will continue to partner with parent support groups and the COMmunity and Parents in Support of Schools (COMPASS) council to provide parents with more resources and support for the holistic development of their children. We will also strengthen community partnerships such as the Youth Mental Well-being Network and UPLIFT. (For more details, please see Sheet 4).
Nurturing a sustainability-conscious generation
19. Our Schools and Institutes of Higher Education (IHL) aim to empower the next generation of sustainability leaders to contribute to Singapore’s green economy. Our IHLs have integrated sustainability into their curriculum to equip graduates with the skills to thrive in emerging green jobs. Using their campus as living laboratories, they will continue to actively invest in talent development, research and innovation projects, and partner with the community on initiatives to deepen Singapore’s sustainable footprint. . In schools, sustainability initiatives will be strengthened through the eco-stewardship program to foster respect for the environment from an early age. (For more details, please see File 5).