September 25, 2013
Every Secondary School To Develop Two Distinctive Programmes For A Holistic Student-Centric Education
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will support all secondary schools to each develop an Applied Learning programme and a Learning for Life programme by 2017 to complement their core academic and student development programme.
In line with MOE’s emphasis on a Student-Centric, Values-Driven education, both programmes will not only offer students more opportunities to pursue learning in line with their interests, they also help our students to deepen their 21st century competencies through a combination of applied learning experiences and life-skills experiences. This is part of MOE’s efforts to ensure that all our students acquire a broad and deep foundation for a lifelong journey of learning.
Applied Learning programme
The Applied Learning programme will serve to connect academic knowledge and skills with the real world. The emphasis is on the application of thinking skills, connecting knowledge across subject disciplines, stretching the imagination and applying these in authentic settings in society and industries. The intent is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the academic curriculum and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills.
The Applied Learning programme may be developed in areas such as business and entrepreneurship, design, engineering and robotics, environmental science and technology, health services, heritage, journalism and broadcasting, literary arts, simulation and modeling.
Learning for Life programme
The Learning for Life programme will provide students with real-life experiential learning to develop their character and values, cultivate positive attitudes, self expression and strengthen their people skills. This will be an integral aspect and a distinctive signature approach of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE). The intent is to instill in our students a sense of rootedness and responsibility for their community and fellow Singaporeans. Areas can include, among others, outdoor adventure learning, sports, student leadership development, uniformed groups, performing and visual arts.
Support for Schools
Schools can choose the type of Applied Learning programme or Learning for Life programme to cater to the interests and needs of their students. For many schools, this may involve a deepening and broadening of existing niche programmes, for these to become a comprehensive school-wide programme catering to the vast majority of students. The linkages with the industry or to various community sectors will allow students to experience and connect with the wider world beyond the school.
MOE will work with each secondary school to provide the necessary support as well as link them with relevant industry partners, government agencies and post-secondary education institutions.
For a start, the Science Centre Singapore will partner 40 to 60 secondary schools to help them design Applied Learning programmes in the area of sciences, mathematics and technology. MOE will also work with other potential partners who can support schools in developing their programmes, such as the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the National Arts Council (NAC), and the National Youth Council (NYC).
MOE will also ensure a spread of schools with different and distinctive programmes in each geographical area. This would present students with more choices from a diverse landscape of distinctive secondary schools.