Two new learning programmes in schools to be expanded
Two new programmes in schools will be expanded over the next four years.
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 told teachers the focus is not on the activities per se, but to broaden and deepen a student's learning in authentic settings, which can further challenge them to grow and develop.
He 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.
Mr Heng also outlined his focus of what 10 years of basic foundation should be - that is for every student to acquire a broad and deep foundation for his lifelong journey.
On recent changes to the PSLE, Mr Heng said any change needs to be carefully considered and communicated.
He said the ministry will allow enough time for stakeholders to get used to the ideas of the changes, before implementing them.
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