Ministry of Education

Committee of Supply Debate 2018

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Many Paths, New Possibilities

MOE aims to bring out the best in all our students regardless of their starting points. We do this by enhancing their access to opportunities and expanding pathways to cater to their different needs. Building on our past efforts, we will continue to provide our students with a holistic education that supports their interests and aspirations, and nurtures resilient and innovative lifelong learners who have sound values and are ready for the future.

Empowering Individuals

Empowering Primary & Secondary Students To Be Strong Individuals

Enhanced Support for Students

  • Revise income eligibility for various MOE schemes in order to increase financial support for more students.
  • Partner Special Education schools to roll out compulsory education for students with moderate-to-severe special needs.

Higher Contribution to Edusave

  • From 2019, the government will increase its annual contribution:
    • Primary School - 15% increase, from $200 to $230
    • Secondary School - 20% increase, from $240 to $290

Values -based Education

  • Provide authentic real-life experiences to nurture socially responsible children.
  • Strengthen student engagement in Values In Action programmes with healthy school-community links.

Strengthening the Singapore Spirit

  • Generate a shared and lively Singapore narrative through discussions of contemporary issues in the classroom.
  • Instill in our students a sense of belonging, reality and hope — with a will to act.

Nurturing Joy of Learning

Nurturing the Joy of Learning to Primary & Secondary Students

Deepening Students' Learning in Schools

  • Provide authentic settings and real-world contexts for :
    • Learning by doing
    • Learning about the real world
    • Learning for life

Opportunites for Applied Learning

  • Build safe spaces for students to experiment with new ideas and learn from setbacks, without worrying about assessment or grades.
  • All primary schools will offer Applied Learning Programmes (ALP) by 2023.
  • To broaden students' exposure:
    • 50 schools will offer Applied Subjects for Express and N(A) students at O-Level.
    • 30 schools will offer MOE-ITE Applied Subjects at N-Levels.

Supporting Aspirations

Supporting Aspirations Beyond Secondary School

Experiential Learning at Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)

  • All IHLs offer experiential learning opportunities such as industry attachment, overseas exposure and entrepreneurship options.
  • ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma (WLTD): 4 inaugural WLTDs from April 2018; 180 training places across 41 companies.
  • SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programme (WSDP): 10 courses across Autonomous Universities (AUs) in collaboration with about 30 partner companies.

Expansion of Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

  • Alternative pathway for S4N(A) students: in place of Secondary 5 ('O' Levels), eligible students can enroll in the one-year foundation programme before pursuing a diploma.
  • PFP eligibility will be extended to students with N-Levels ELMAB3 aggregate score of 12 points and below, starting from the 2019 PFP intake (up from 11 points and below)1.
  • This increases PFP intake from 1,200 to 1,500 places.

1 Students must still meet subject-specific minimum entry criteria for English, Math, 1 relevant, and 2 other subjects.

More Common Entry Programmes (CEPs)

  • CEPs expose students to a range of specialisations within a domain area, helping them find one that suits their interests and strengths.
  • More CEPs will be introduced in Business, and Information & Digital Technologies from Academic Year 2019 onwards.
  • Polytechnic students enrolled in CEPs will receive structured Education and Career Guidance (ECG) support, to help them make informed decisions about their specialisation.

Expand Aptitude-based Admissions in ITE

  • Recognise course-specific interests and aptitudes, apart from academic performance.
  • ITE will review admission system to include aptitude assessment for more courses, starting with selected courses in Business, Hospitality, and Information & Communications Technology.
  • While the overall intake allowance remains at 15%, course-level caps for ITE's Early Admissions Exercise are to be lifted.

Developing Lifelong Learners

Developing Lifelong Learners Beyond Schools

More Upgrading Options, including Modular and Industry-Relevant Courses

  • More funding will go towards supporting an expansion of modular courses, including postgraduate level courses, at the Autonomous Universities.
  • Possible expansion of micro-credentialing offered at the IHLs to support development and recognition of industry-related skills and knowledge.

iHLs as Partners in Lifelong Learning

  • Expand role of IHLs to provide career and learning support to their students after graduation.

SkillsFuture Series

  • A curated list of short courses to equip working adults with industry-relevant skills.
  • Access to training in 8 priority and emerging areas such as data analytics, finance, advanced manufacturing and urban solutions.
  • Over 3,800 individuals enrolled as of January 2018.