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November 14, 2012

New Syllabus and Textbook Titles for Character and Citizenship Education

The new Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) syllabus will be introduced in stages in primary1 and secondary schools from 2014. The table below reflects the schedule for full implementation.

Year / Level 2014 2015
Primary Pri 1 & Pri 2 Pri 3 to Pri 6
Secondary Sec 1 to Sec 5

Designed with students’ daily experiences as context, the new CCE syllabus will help students to better relate to them and make learning more meaningful and relevant. Students will learn values through three overarching ideas - Identity, Relationships and Choices in six domains, starting with self and extending to the family, school, community, nation and the world (Please see Annex (232kb .pdf) for details).

In addition, CCE Guidance Modules—Education and Career Guidance (ECG), Sexuality Education and Cyber Wellness (CW)—will address students’ social-emotional and developmental needs. At the primary level, Form Teachers’ Guidance Periods incorporate ECG and CW topics into the classroom activities. At secondary levels, these modules are delivered during the CCE periods.

CCE textbooks will be produced for the new syllabus. The names of the new CCE textbooks in Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) for primary levels will also reflect both the character and citizenship components of CCE.

Mother Tongue Language Name of CCE Textbook
Chinese Language 好品德 好公民
Good Character, Good Citizen
Malay Language Rakyat Budiman
Citizens with Good Character
Tamil Language பண்புள்ள குடிமக்கள்
Citizens with Values

Instructional materials and resources for teachers will be updated from time to time to stay current and relevant. Students will be engaged in discussions on current national and global issues. For example, students have the opportunity to contribute their ideas for Singapore and the education system through Our Singapore Conversation. All schools have been provided with ‘Just-in-Time’ package for teachers to facilitate Our Singapore Conversation with their students.

School-based CCE

To promote ownership of CCE and to meet the needs of the students in each school, part of the CCE syllabus and programmes will be designed and implemented by schools. Schools will be provided curriculum time to deliver school-based CCE. School-based CCE could include activities or lessons on school values or assembly programmes related to CCE.

Home-School-Community Partnership in CCE

Parents are the first care-givers in developing the good character of their children. For CCE to be effective, what is taught in school should be reinforced at home. CCE lessons will feature a segment on “Family Time” which provides suggestions for activities that allow parents to bond with their children and support CCE. The lessons will also suggest activities for Values-In-Action (VIA) which can be carried out as a family. In the secondary level, a segment on “Reflect and Act” provides facilitation activities for students to reflect and commit to an act at home or in the community to deepen and internalise their learning.

Resources provided by community partners will be used to support the teaching and learning of CCE. For example, the National Environment Agency provides learning materials for the “Clean Singapore Learning Trail” to help students gain an appreciation of what it takes to keep Singapore clean, the consequences of littering and how their behaviour affects the environment.


  1. The new CCE syllabus will introduced in Primary 1 and 2 from 2014 and Primary 3 to 6 from 2015.