23 March 2019
In a recent Facebook post, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that while our education system is widely admired, the government will not stop trying to improve it.
During the Committee of Supply (debate) in Parliament today, Ong Ye Kung announced that secondary school streaming will be phased out by 2024, and that subject-based banding will take its place.
PM Lee said that streaming has enabled students to learn at their own place, and enabled many more to complete Secondary School and move on to further education. However, PM Lee also said streaming lacks flexibility, and may cause some students to lose their motivation.
Mr Lee said that he was happy that there has been a lively exchange of views in Parliament about streaming. He said that the government will continue to take education very seriously, and listen to all ideas to make it better.
Mr Lee added that schools should tailor the education they offer to the students’ varying needs and talents. At the same time, schools should create opportunities for students to interact with one another across different races and social backgrounds so that they grow up at ease with one another and share a sense of identity, mutual responsibility and nationhood.