SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has said that there are lessons to be learnt from specialised schools, such as Crest Secondary School.
The school is one of two specialised schools for Normal Technical students. The other is Spectra Secondary.
"Our specialised school provides very deep learning for students with a particular learning profile,” said Mr Heng. “At the same time, what we learn from this school helps us in designing curriculum, in designing teaching methods for the rest of our schools. So it is an important set of innovation that allows us to spread across all schools so that we can uplift the entire system."
Mr Heng was speaking at the official opening of Crest Secondary on Friday (Jul 31). The school began operations in 2013 as an additional option for students eligible for the Normal Technical stream.
Its curriculum is tailor-made for students to give them practical applications for subjects taught in the classrooms.
"We looked at how we can introduce the learning of Math and English in a very interesting way by tying it with a vocational context so that students learn to appreciate the relevance of Maths concepts," said the school's principal, Mr Frederick Yeo.
Added Mr Heng: "For example, in the learning of Math, students are more engaged when they see the practical applications of Math in a retail setting. When they learn English, they can see how English is used to communicate in daily life and in work situations they are in."