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Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB) will be progressively adopted by secondary schools, from 2020 onwards.
We are moving towards one secondary education, with many subject bands, to better meet our students’ learning needs, without labels. These changes will take place in three steps:
Enabling students with strengths to study the Humanities at a more demanding level from Secondary 2.
Reconstituting mixed form classes as more students take subjects at different levels.
About 25 schools will start the pilot, with more schools progressively adopting Full SBB.
From 2024, Secondary 1 students* will be able to offer subjects at three levels: G1/G2/G3 (G stands for General), mapped from today’s N(T), N(A) and Express standards respectively. Students can take a range of G1/G2/G3 subjects based on their abilities.
When they reach Secondary 4 in 2027*, our students will sit for a common national examination (replacing the GCE N- and O-Level examinations); and receive a new national certiﬁcation with subjects at G1, G2, or G3 levels.
We will remove the labels of Express/ N(A)/N(T), to give all our students the experience of “One secondary education, many subject bands”.
* Applies to 2019 Primary 2 students onwards
With their new national certiﬁcation, our students have more opportunities to progress to post-secondary courses that match their strengths and interests.
Things to note:
Students will continue to be posted to secondary schools using three PSLE scoring bands, so that they start with a suite of subjects at levels suitable to their pace of learning. Thereafter, they can take subjects at a level suited to their level of ability.
We will be rebuilding/upgrading the older JC campuses to support more interactive models of teaching and learning. We will do this in phases starting from 2022.
Anderson Serangoon JC and Temasek JC will temporarily move to former Serangoon JC and Tampines JC sites respectively, until their existing campuses are rebuilt, when they will move back to their existing sites.
Jurong Pioneer JC will remain at its existing site while the former Jurong JC is rebuilt. Jurong Pioneer JC will then move to the former Jurong JC site.
Yishun Innova JC will remain at its existing site while the former Innova JC is upgraded. Yishun Innova JC will then move to the former Innova JC site.
We have continued to make progress in building new pathways to support lifelong learning and strengthen the system, helping enterprises transform, and building employer capabilities to complement work-learn efforts.
Enterprises that qualify for the enhanced Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) can apply for an additional training grant via a PSG (SkillsFuture Training Subsidy).
Record numbers have applied to polytechnics and ITE under the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) for 2019; and admission pathways for working adults to enter polytechnics have been expanded.
10 more ITE Work-Learn Technical Diplomas will be launched this year.
More than 100 SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes (ELPs) available.
16 SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes (WSDPs) introduced to date.
Over 30,000 individuals have enrolled in the SkillsFuture Series.
Requirements will be streamlined to reduce compliance and regulatory costs.
UPLIFT, led by Second Minister for Education Ms Indranee Rajah, aims to strengthen support for students from disadvantaged families, to enable them to reach their true potential.
Strengthen after-school care and support for students
Build students’ mental and emotional resilience
Strengthen parental engagement and support
Implement practical solutions to absenteeism
Enhance collaboration between schools and the community
Strengthen coordination across these initiatives
Facilitate enrolment of disadvantaged students into Student Care Centres (SCCs).
Work with MSF to review the affordability of SCCs for low-income families.
Enhance and scale up student support programmes from the existing 60 secondary schools to 120 schools by 2020. This programme will be known as GEAR-UP.
Map out needs of these students to facilitate outreach and matching to suitable programmes.
Help schools match their students’ needs to community and volunteer networks.
Track feedback and outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of our interventions.
To help students with complex cases, MOE will support MSF’s efforts to tighten the coordination among Social Service Ofﬁces (SSOs), Family Service Centres (FSCs), schools, other community organisations and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs).