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"Steady progress" in helping students better learn Mother Tongue: Heng

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat says the ministry has re-designed instructional materials and improved teaching approaches for Mother Tongue to focus more on interactive skills.

SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat says there has been "steady progress" in implementing measures to strengthen students' motivation and proficiency in learning their Mother Tongue, after the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Review Committee gave its recommendations in 2010.

Mr Heng was responding on Monday (Aug 4) in a written reply to Nominated Member of Parliament Teo Siong Seng, who had asked if the Ministry of Education planned to further improve on the teaching of the Chinese language in schools and work with partners to motivate students' interest.

Mr Heng said the ministry has re-designed instructional materials and improved teaching approaches to focus more strongly on interactive skills. Beyond the school premises, MOE has also been been working with parents and community partners to provide an environment that is conducive to the learning of Mother Tongue.

Three MTL Promotion Committees, which reached out to more than 100,000 people each year, have since been established. "MOE will continue to review and improve approaches to the teaching and learning of Mother Tongue to ensure that our students remain motivated and proficient in learning the language," said Mr Heng.

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