Education plans announced not light decisions, says Heng Swee Keat
- POSTED: 26 Sep 2013 15:04
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Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the announcements which he made on Wednesday at the Ministry of Education's Work Plan Seminar were not light decisions.
SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the announcements which he made on Wednesday at the Ministry of Education's Work Plan Seminar were not light decisions.
Mr Heng had announced that every secondary school will develop two distinctive programmes -- Applied Learning and Learning for Life programmes.
MOE will also support all primary and secondary schools to form student development teams, and expand its online learning resources and build an integrated online learning space for all primary and secondary schools.
In his Facebook post today (26 September), Mr Heng said the plans are thoroughly considered and carefully planned, and that MOE is taking them because they will benefit our children.
He added that MOE and teachers will devote themselves to the full time it will take to make these plans work.
He noted that it is no easy task that MOE faces.
Mr Heng said the aim is to give our children a broad and deep educational foundation that readies them for a lifelong journey of life and learning.
Elaborating, Mr Heng said to be "broad" means remaining inclusive in the way opportunities are provided for every child.
He said MOE must give children a holistic education so that they can discover their interests.
To be "deep", Mr Heng said it is to impart deep values and character to our children, to develop in them a deep commitment to country, family and all that makes life good and meaningful.
He said rigour in the education system must be preserved so that every child develops a strong foundation of literacy, numeracy and 21st century competencies.
Mr Heng added that the seeds of lifelong learning should be planted in our students because learning never stops.
He hopes that MOE can help our children to learn, not just to pass exams, or to get a certain job, but for life.
Mr Heng said he wants our education system to unleash the best of the human spirit in our children, in a way that lasts them for their whole lives.