01 July 2020
E-learning in Singapore has picked up speed in recent months. Each secondary school student will get a personal learning device by the end of next year. The Ministry of Education has also instituted plans to bringing the National Digital Literacy Programme forward.
But Mr Ong Ye Kung, Education Minister, has also highlighted the challenge of the digital divide. He said that many students did not have devices to participate in home-based learning, which led to schools loaning out over 20,000 digital devices to students, and more than 1,600 dongles.
Mr Ong is now of the opinon that online learning will become fundamental in our education landscape. He said that MOE has plans to make home-based learning part and parcel of the curriculum. We could, for instance, start with once a fortnight secondary schools.
One beneficial outcome of HBL is the cultivation of independent learning.
But Mr Ong cautioned that while online learning is useful, we can’t do away or substitute classroom learning altogether. The sensible thing to do is to complement classroom teaching with HBL, and make HBL a permanent and regular feature of education.