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Ken Tan

on 25 April 2014

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Transcript of Education

Firstly, Let us look at other country's education systems
In a Global Context...
How is our
Education System?



Our current
Education System
"Education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance"

It is NOT just the re-discovery of the known facts but the study of the unknown, the forging of our new future.
What is Education?

Re-discovering V.S. Discovering
Where do we go from now?
Presentation by Guest of Honor:
Minister of Education:
Dr Ken Tan Wee Han (Ph.D, MBA, MIES)

Director General of Education:
Mr Daniel Lee See Yeow (MBA,MSSSS, MIES)

Education Ministers:
Dr Ng Jun Wei (Ph.D);
Dr Kwa Li Ying (Ph.D);
Mr Benson Chua (MBA);

International Consultant of Education:
Mr Li Meng Yuan (MBA, MNPA, Hons)
-Twisted motivation
-Fear of making mistakes
-Single-tracked mind set
-Segregation by academic
-Grades in almost all fields
-Low adaptability
-Elitism: may affect student's emotional well-being


-Able to ensure average standard
-Solid foundation
-Specialization in respective fields
-Platform of interaction

A fundamental ideology and principle in the education system which aims to
identify and groom bright young students for positions of leadership.
The system places a
great emphasis on academic performance in grading students
and granting their admission to special programmes and universities, though this has raised concerns about breeding elitism.
Academic grades are considered as
objective measures of the students' ability and effort, irrespective of their social background.
Having good academic credentials is seen as the most important factor for the students' career prospects
in the job market, and their future economic status.
Citizenship education class is often held in the form of debate and discussion. Teachers usually do not interfere.
The system provides a platform for students to discover what is going on rather than telling them what is going on
The founding principle is to help every child to create a future that is most suitable to him/her
Lessons are designed to inspire students' passion and interest in learning in order to unleash their potential
Study habits are cultivated before the age of ten
Students are encouraged to learn by themselves
The system does not encourage competition and ranking among students
and Ko
A fixed curriculum for every level and every child
High emphasis on academic performance and sometimes lack of holistic development
High pressure and huge content on memories rather than applications

To bring out from inside
To lead
not to draw out but to lead out
leading the young out of ignorance
-------Will Durant (Author of the"World Civilizations")

From:Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development 2014
We need to focus more on the development of diversity rather than depth in students, mainly from Secondary school period to inspire students to discover, venture and create
By developing diversity in academy and character through various forms of activities, students' individuality is brought out
Greater creativity and more potential unleashed
Focus: Individuality
Focus: Self-Discovery/Directory
Focus: Knowledge
These policies will first be examined in selected schools for further observations to be made
In order to achieve this
We believe that Our Education System should focus more on diversity rather than depth in students' development, especially during the secondary school period
Our current Education System requires students to specialize in almost all compulsory subjects at their secondary stage.
This indeed brings our students a solid foundation.
However, this stage is ought to be a stage of diversifying students into various fields to discover themselves.
Intensive specialization may result in ignorance of students' potential.
To disperse the immense weight, the larger the base the taller the pyramid can be.
Diversity of knowledge will help in the specialization of students
Just like the Pyramid, a wide spectrum of knowledge will aid in them reaching out to succeed in the future as it acts as a strong foundation as well as multiple-approach in their specialization
The more they experience the higher they will soar.
Why do pyramids have a wide base and narrow top?
our new plan will first tackle the issue by focusing more on diversifying at early stages of education, mainly secondary school level
only when they are taught new and interesting things without the need of having an overly in depth understanding and study will it feed to their curiosity as it is typical that a student will only study better when he or she has the motivation or interest rather than them studying for the sake of surviving a test
Singapore’s education system is internationally recognized and it is of tip top standards in terms of academic performance.

"N" Levels / "O" Levels / "A" Levels Certificates are recognized by not only the Commonwealth but also other major powers such as the U.S. and China.
But we have to bear in mind that Singapore’s education system is that of elitism and meritocracy only the best of the best will prosper and survive whereas the academically weaker ones will more likely to suffer and fall beneath the cracks.

Install the concept of real equality and freedom through UNGRADED citizenship education which will be part of language lessons, making up >25% of the curriculum.
From Secondary education onwards,the lesson package will not be fixed,students will be graded only on several of their best subjects.
Science lessons will be consisting of mainly hands-on practicals and less than 50% of theories.
Language lessons will not have textbooks but explorations in terms of trips, discussions, debates and media.
Students are encouraged to choose multiple CCAs to develop multiple interests.
Students will not be ranked according to academic performances.
Any form of result will be considered as privacy and will not be shown in the public.
New teachers will be allocated to schools to reduce teacher-student ratio.
Every school is encouraged to have at least a garden that is no smaller than the size of a standard class room.
A break of at least 5 minutes after every single lesson.
School time will be extended by about 1 to 2 hours depending on the school.
lessons are encouraged to be held outdoors.
MOE Forum will be held twice a year for open debates between current students, educators and parents(Singaporeans/PR/Foreigners/) to collect ideas to improve our current system.
MOE Discovery Fund will be set up to encourage all students (Singaporeans/PR/Foreigners) to innovate and pursue their dreams.

Well, is this what we want? An education system that produces a cold competitive society that is narrow-minded and superficial.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has come out openly to say that a lack of drive in Singaporean students is worrying.
From the ST forum (Apr 7):
'It's very hard to find good talent in Singapore nowadays,' said HR professional
Integrated Programme
The programme allows for more time to be allocated to enrichment activities. By bypassing the GCE "O" level examinations, the students are supposedly given more time and flexibility to immerse themselves in a more broadly based education. In addition, the students enjoy more freedom in the combination of subjects between Year 1 - 4 as compared to their non-IP counterparts. Generally, only the top performers (usually from Special, and sometimes Express, stream) are eligible to be part of the IP programme.)

shouldn’t the students who are academically weaker be given more time to prepare themselves?
As they would require more help and attention to fully understand the topics taught
The programme is an irony
The New
Education Plan

Creative Education
Teaching is very personalized: cater to every student's need.
"Trust through professionalism": Planting the correct mindset on students since young.
Tests are diagnostic and any form of competition is not encouraged in the system
It has also produced students who are internationally recognized for their works with the example of:
Professor Tommy Koh,
Chairman of the Main committee of the UN conference on environment and development from 1990 to 1992.
Professor Shih Choon Fong,
Former president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) / National University of Singapore and a renowned fracture mechanics expert

Ms Yao Li Lin
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