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Last Updated: 18 October 2021

Our Mission and Vision

Find out about the MOE's mission and vision of Thinking Schools, Learning Nation.


The Ministry of Education (MOE) formulates and implements education policies on education structure, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. It oversees the management and development of Government-funded schools, and the Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics and universities.

There are 10 statutory boards under MOE, namely:

Our Mission

The mission of MOE is to mould the future of our nation by moulding the people who will determine our future.

The wealth of a nation lies in its people – their commitment to country and community, their willingness to strive and persevere, their ability to think, achieve and excel. How we raise our young at home and teach them in school will shape our society in the next generation. Our future depends on the continuous renewal and regeneration of our leadership and citizenry, building upon the experience of the past, learning from the circumstances of the present, and preparing to seize the opportunities of the future.

To achieve our mission, MOE will provide our children with a balanced and well-rounded education, develop them to their full potential, and nurture them into lifelong learners and good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to family, community and country.

Our Vision

MOE’s vision of “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation” (TSLN) was first announced by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1997.

This vision describes a nation of thinking and committed citizens capable of seizing future opportunities, and an education system ready to ride the waves of change in the 21st century.

Thinking Schools will be learning organisations in every sense, constantly challenging assumptions, and seeking better ways of doing things through participation, creativity and innovation. Thinking Schools will be the cradle of thinking students as well as thinking adults. This spirit of learning should accompany our students throughout their lives, even after they have graduated from the system.

A Learning Nation envisions a national culture and social environment that promotes lifelong learning in our people. The capacity of Singaporeans to continually learn, both for professional development and for personal enrichment, will determine our collective success as a society and nation.