22 Sep '11, 5am

A student-centric education system in the pipeline--in Singapore

SINGAPORE: The next phase for Singapore's education system will be one that is student-centric and focused on values. Speaking at the Ministry of Education's work plan seminar on Thursday morning, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said while the overall foundation of the system is strong, the ministry wants to sharpen its efforts in holistic education to better prepare Singaporeans for the 21st century. This follows feedback Mr Heng and his team gathered over the past three months. He said educators and parents have asked for greater emphasis to be placed on character and values. Others welcome new options and flexibilities in the education system but also asked for more help and support for their children to find the best pathways for themselves. There were also some who were concerned about excessive competition and stress in schools. Mr Heng said: "We need personal valu...

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