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The Education Ministry has launched a new syllabus in primary and secondary schools for the teaching of values. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat launched the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) syllabus during a school visit to Rivervale Primary School on Thursday morning.
SINGAPORE: The Education Ministry has launched a new syllabus in primary and secondary schools for the teaching of values.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat launched the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) syllabus during a school visit to Rivervale Primary School on Thursday morning.
The new syllabus aims to better inculcate values in students through lessons on values based on real life examples that students can first reflect on, and then put into practice.
It will be rolled out in phases.
The CCE has been introduced in Primary One and Two, as well as Secondary One to Five this year, and will be extended to Primary Three through Six next year.
Students will spend about two hours a week in class on CCE lessons and activities.
Beyond that, learning will brought outside the classroom, and across subjects, in a school-wide approach.
For instance, Rivervale Primary School has a programme that enables students to take charge of their breakfast.
Ng Wan Jun, subject head for CCE at Rivervale Primary, said: "Initially they (students) will do a budgeting, which incorporates financial literacy, and they will calculate the amount of money that they need, and they will choose what kind of ingredients they need to buy. They will make breakfast for their friends and for themselves, so in a way we also inculcate the value of care."
The CCE lessons will be taught in Mother Tongue languages. Textbooks will come in these languages, and will feature short stories that inculcate values.
Students are also encouraged to go home for ‘Family Time’, where parents can follow up on lessons and reinforce the messages, as well as bond with their children.
Mr Heng said: "Parents I spoke to are all very supportive. In fact, quite a few of them said, 'This is such an improvement,’ compared to when their first child was here (in school) four or five years ago. So I'm very glad to hear that, and they're all very eager to see how they can get more involved."
Joelle Yeo, a parent, said: "I thought that it will be a strong foundation. When the child has good values… (those values) will definitely enhance academic learning. Say my boy this morning, he remembered, 'Mummy, I need to wear my name tag.' So I thought something like that would actually go a long way, when he remembers to do his homework, and learn his spelling. It should come hand in hand."
Besides involving parents, the Education Ministry has also worked with others -- for example, the National Environment Agency -- in providing learning materials on keeping Singapore clean.