Here are the new rules that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will implement moving forward. Check out the changes in Singapore’s school system and how these will affect your child’s studies.
In this article, you’ll read:
- Minister of Education announces changes in Committee of Supply Debate
- MOE’s goals for lifelong learners
Last week, March 7, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing announced some important changes to Singapore’s school system at the Committee of Supply debate.
According to the Ministry, this is part of their effort to support learners at every stage of their education, and to partner with educators and the rest of the society to drive their Learn for Life movement.
The following are the ministry’s goals for this movement:
- Expanding pathways and opportunities across a life course
- Nurturing confident and resilient learners
- Empowering educators to steward change
- Shifting mindsets through partnerships
- Nurturing stewards of environment and leaders in sustainability
To achieve their goals of having lifelong learners in the country, the ministry have already started implementing these changes:
5 Changes in Singapore school system
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1. No more mid-year exams for primary and secondary schools
This is a bold move that will lessen the burden for students, parents and even educators. Because instead of burying their noses on their books trying to get a good grade for the exam, they will be focused more on nurturing the student’s love for learning.
This change will free up three weeks of curriculum time per year for educators to spread out their lessons and think of creative ways to help their students learn.
Education minister Chan said that this builds on earlier efforts to give students space to develop their interests.
“They use ongoing assessments to identify what students have mastered and the areas they have difficulties with. Students also focus more on their learning and less on marks,” he added.
2. Implement full subject-based banding
According to Straits Times, MOE already started the rollout of full subject-based banding in 2020, then added 31 more secondary schools added to the Ministry of Education’s full Subject-Based Banding (SBB) programme this year.
Their goal is by 2024, full subject-based banding will be in place and students take subjects at a higher or lower level based on their strengths. By next year, a total of around 90 schools will be on the list.
This means that students will not be separated or divided into Express, N(A) and N(T) courses. Instead, they will be in mixed form classes. And when they reach Secondary 4 in 2027, all students will take a common national examination and graduate with a common secondary school certificate.
This is part of the ministry’s goal to provide more flexible and accessible pathways to all learners.
3. More direct school admission in Junior Colleges
From 10 per cent to 20 per cent, the number of DSA places for non-Integrated Programme students will go up at government and government-aided junior colleges (JC).
This means that there will be more places in junior colleges available for students entering with talents apart from their grades through the direct school admission (DSA) exercise from this year.
4. More Normal (Academic) students can apply directly to polytechnics
The MOE also aims to expand its polytechnic foundation programme. One concrete step towards this is to allow about 200 more Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students to apply directly to a polytechnic for a foundation year instead of completing Secondary 5 and the O levels.
Again, this is in relation to their objective of giving more flexible education pathways to Singapore students. According to Straits Times, changes will be introduced in stages and fully implemented by the academic year 2028.
5. New third language programme in secondary schools
In their effort to build future-ready competencies for their students, the ministry will pilot a third language programme that will be conducted through modules and guarantee a certification after. This is so more learners in the secondary school level can learn new languages and discover other cultures.
They also want to promote a deeper appreciation of each student’s mother tongue, which is why they added a fourth host school for a Malay-language elective programme. Students from other schools can also attend the programme.
In addition, the ministry also wants every school to have at least one overseas partnership with a school abroad, to organise virtual or in-person student exchanges. This is to cultivate diversity and appreciation of other cultures.
Parents, what can you say about these changes? Do you agree that it will help your child become global life-long learner?
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