Basic Education Curriculum Revisited:
A Look at the Current Content and Reform
Mr Winston Hodge
Director, Training and Development Division,
Ministry of Education
The vision of the Ministry of Education (MOE) is “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation”. To prepare a generation of thinking and committed citizens who are capable of contributing towards
’s continued growth and prosperity, the Ministry is constantly revisiting its curriculum to ensure that the skills and knowledge taught in schools meet the challenges of the 21st century. Singapore
EDUCATION SYSTEM SINGAPORE
education system aims to provide students with a holistic and broad-based education. Given the multi-cultural and multi-racial characteristics of Singapore Singapore, the bilingual policy is a key feature of the education system. Under the bilingual policy, every student learns English which is the common working language. Students also learn their mother tongue language (Chinese, Malay or Tamil), to help them retain their ethnic identity, culture, heritage and values. Singapore
2.1 Holistic Development of Students
The Desired Outcomes of Education (DOE) articulates the importance of holistically nurturing students to become well-rounded persons - morally, intellectually, physically, socially and aesthetically through a set of eight core skills and values.
The eight core skills and values are:
1. Character Development
2. Self Management Skills
3. Social and Cooperative Skills
4. Literacy and Numeracy
5. Communication Skills
6. Information Skills
7. Thinking Skills and Creativity
8. Knowledge Application Skills
It is envisioned that students at the end of primary education, secondary education and pre-university would have acquired these eight core skills and values. (Annex A).
2.2 Broad-based Curriculum
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