The Ministry of Education will increase the number of niche programmes in schools in order to broaden students' development.
By 2017, all students will be able to participate in two niche programmes in secondary school.
The Education Ministry is giving every secondary school a funding boost of 100,000 dollars to develop or expand programmes that help students learn in real world settings.
Each school will develop two programmes by 2017 - an Applied Learning programme, and a Learning for Life programme.
At the Education Ministry's annual Work Plan Seminar today, Minister Heng Swee Keat said the Applied Learning programme brings real-life application to what students learn in science, mathematics, humanities and languages.
The Learning for Life Programme, Mr Heng said, is aimed at helping students develop their identity, values and empathy through activities in arts, sports and outdoor adventures.
Students will not be tested or graded for these programmes.
The objective, the Education Ministry says, is to focus on the student's learning process.
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