IHL curriculum topics on employment rights, workplace rights and tripartism

Published Date: 14 September 2021 06:00 PM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye, Radin Mas SMC


To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) teach graduating students about key employment and workplace rights; (b) whether students in our IHLs learn about Singapore's unique model of tripartism; and (c) whether the Ministry can review whether there is a need to equip graduating cohorts of students with the necessary knowledge on their workplace rights and tripartism in Singapore.


1. As mentioned in our written response to Mr Abdul Samad's parliamentary question on the inclusion of a module on tripartism for graduating students at our Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL), the curriculum in our secondary schools and pre-university institutions expose students to the concept and importance of tripartism.

2. The Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) build on these foundational efforts to deepen students' understanding of tripartism in Singapore. The IHLs place strong focus on industry and workplace exposure in their curriculum and programmes such as internships and industry-sponsored projects. They offer a range of modules that cover issues such as the role of trade unions and tripartism in Singapore, employment and workplace rights, employee relations, industrial relations, labour laws, manpower policies, collective bargaining and dispute resolution.

3. There are also additional exposure opportunities for IHL students outside the formal curriculum, such as dialogues with representatives from Government, industry and the labour unions.

4. The IHLs will continue to review their curricula, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to ensure their curricula remain industry relevant and equip graduates with the right dispositions and skills for the future workplace.

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