App developer, drone operator, Artificial Intelligence engineer – job titles that, just a decade or two ago, did not even exist. In the not too distant future, many jobs could look quite different from the ones existing today. How is Singapore’s education system changing to prepare our young for this? We take you through the ABCs of changes:

A for Accessing opportunities 

It all starts with providing access to educational opportunities. Schemes across different stages of the education system are there to ensure that every child has access to these opportunities, regardless of their background. 

Read more on financial support in the education system here 

B for Becoming a lifelong learner

Making learning an enjoyable pursuit for students may sound like an easy aim, but it can be difficult in practice. It is key to helping our young Singaporeans become learners for life, and is best nurtured in an environment that sparks passion and motivation. That is why changes are being made to ensure the following: 

Moving away from an over-emphasis on academic results
PSLE subjects will be graded in 8 bands called Achievement Levels instead of using a T-Score
Removal of all weighted assessments at Primary 1 and 2
By 2021, mid-year examinations will be removed for all Primary 3, Primary 5, Secondary 1 and Secondary 3 students.

Greater flexibility to develop students’ individual strengths
Introduction of Full Subject-Based Banding (SBB) in all secondary schools by 2024 

Read more on the above changes here 

C for Carving out their own paths

While robots, A.I. and digital technology can make work easier, they cannot replace the work done by a skilled person. By encouraging students to find an area in which they can develop mastery of skills, they can increase their resilience to technological disruption. 

The education system is hence moving towards a greater recognition of different aptitudes and talents, for each child to find success through a pathway best suited to their interests and abilities. 

Aptitude-based admissions

Direct School Admissions for both Secondary School and Junior Colleges
Early Admissions Exercises at both the polytechnic (Poly EAE) and ITE level (ITE EAE)
Aptitude screening for more Nitec courses at the Joint Intake Exercise (JIE)

Work-study programmes

Skills are also best learnt on the job, which is why work-study pathways have been introduced to allow students to learn by doing. By learning work-relevant skills through real-world experiences, students are better ready for work.
SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes
ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma

Read more on the above changes here