09 January 2019
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged parents to support the recent changes to the education system, which aim not just to equip students needed to earn a living, but also to develop character and values.
Mr Lee said that for the Republic to succeed, Singaporeans must not only be well-educated citizens and well-trained workers, they also need to have “intangible but essential values”.
He added that there is a need for students to understand the world, and to feel a sense of nationhood and community. They must also have the “resilience and determination to overcome adversity, defend ourselves, prosper and thrive in the world”.
Recent changes to the education system will make learning more meaningful for students. These include reducing the emphasis on academic results, dedicating more curriculum time to deeper learning, and helping students draw the link between textbook content and the real world.