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Strong Fundamentals, Future Learnings - The Story of Singapore's Education System


Singapore’s education system has transformed tremendously since achieving Independence from the British colonial government. From its humble beginnings in 1959, some fty years later, the performance of Singapore students in literacy, numeracy and reading has placed the country among the top of the table in consecutive cycles of international benchmarking studies. is achievement arms the education policies implemented to meet the needs of Singapore’s society and economy as the country transited from a colonial trading port to a knowledge-based economy.

What factors and principles contributed to the development and progress of Singapore’s education system? What were some of the necessary structures put in place to raise the literacy level of a then low-skilled migrant population to become a high-skilled workforce contributing to the needs of a high-technology society and economy? Building on earlier achievements, what directions should education policies take to respond to the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) of the 21st century? What challenges do policy makers face in meeting the demands of a changing population, society, and economy? What is the purpose of education today? Ms Ho Peng, Director-General of Education, Ministry of Education, will provide a broad overview of Singapore’s education journey and present the internal and external tensions that policy makers have to face in forging ahead.


Ms Ho Peng, Director-General of Education, Ministry of Education, Singapore

Thursday, 06 February 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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