Collaborative Tripartism

Published Date: 09 November 2016 12:00 AM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms K Thanaletchimi, Nominated Member of Parliament


To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) whether our brand of collaborative tripartism can be better preserved and promulgated by including it in our National Education curriculum.


1. MOE agrees that students should know that tripartism has a part to play in shaping Singapore’s growth in the past, present and future. While tripartism is not specifically taught, students do learn about aspects related to tripartism in two ways.

2. Firstly, students learn how positive industrial relations contribute to stability and growth. For example through History, secondary students learn how labour movement activity in the 1950s created the need for mediation to maintain peaceful relations between workers and employers in Singapore. Junior college History students study strategies adopted by Southeast Asian countries to pursue development. They may explore the case study of Singapore, and learn how tripartism contributed to stability which attracted foreign investment. In Economics, the study of national economic policies, like economic restructuring, wage level management, labour productivity and mobility, allow for the discussion of the roles played by employers, employees and government in maintaining a conducive economic climate.

3. More broadly, students learn how consensus is built when groups with different interests work together to achieve collective goals. In Character and Citizenship Education lessons, emphasis on values like responsibility and resilience helps us stay economically competitive and build social cohesion. In Social Studies, students learn how government, the community and individuals work together for the common good of society.

4. MOE regularly reviews our curriculum to better engage our students and we will continue to help them learn how societies build consensus, in the same way that tripartism builds consensus and collaboration between unions, employers and the government.

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