National Institute of Education makes preparations to support the evolving education system
The National Institute of Education (NIE) is making preparations to support the evolving education system.
According to a TODAY newspaper report, this includes considering whether all trainee teachers should undergo a direct Master's programme to further enhance the quality of teachers here.
Other possible areas that the NIE is looking at as part of its two-year internal review are getting more trainee teachers to go on overseas internships to broaden their world view.
The review started about six months ago.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced several education policy changes.
This includes doing away with aggregate scores for the PSLE and broadening Direct School Admissions categories.
In an interview, NIE Director Lee Sing Kong said the institute is reviewing how teachers are being trained.
Stressing that the review is at a preliminary stage, Professor Lee did not rule out the possibility of having a direct Master's programme for trainees.
This is similar to how all teachers in Finland and some parts of Australia graduate from training programmes with a Master's degree.
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