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The Education Ministry will continue to review the school curriculum periodically to ensure students can engage meaningfully with content and the learning process.
SINGAPORE: The Education Ministry will continue to review the school curriculum periodically to ensure students can engage meaningfully with content and the learning process.
This will allow them to develop competencies for work and life, and also experience the joy of learning.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said this in a written parliamentary response to a question filed by MP for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan.
Mr Lim had asked whether the ministry will review the school curricula to ensure students are not overladen with excessive school work and they will appreciate the joy of learning.
Mr Heng said the ministry adopts a six-year curriculum cycle.
Since 1998, there have been two rounds of curriculum content reduction.
The first saw content reduced by up to 30 per cent in different subjects, to provide room for the teaching of thinking skills and the use of Information and Communication Technology in the curriculum.
In 2005, the second reduction saw up to 20 per cent in the different subjects,
Mr Heng said this was to give teachers more flexibility to customise their teaching to suit their students' learning needs.
In addition, Mr Lim also asked whether the "Teach Less Learn More" policy has resulted in students having a more balanced lifestyle.
Mr Heng said based on the ministry's internal studies, student engagement levels have improved since the implementation of the movement.