World’s education system is going through major changes as developed countries are now more focusing on hands-on skills and technical education but in under-developed countries where people, more specifically students are forced to follow a predetermined curriculum which subdue the creativity of students in their growing age but also instill the sense of competition since their childhood, in this regard most of the countries need to learn from a small country Singapore who is putting a lot of efforts in education system to teach skill-oriented curriculum to their students in addition to mental and physical growth.
Republic of Singapore is a country present in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island with 62 other islets. Singapore is famous for its developing culture and implication of new systems. Singapore is a country with limited natural resource so their main focus is the development of their people and inorder to increase capital they heavily invest in their education to cultivate human resource.
Education has always been a primary focus of Singapore currently their education system starts from pre-schooling and child finally gets prepared for work after passing through primary, secondary and post-secondary education systems but now they are revamping whole of their primary and secondary education system in-particular, which will reduce the heavy burden of exams on student as well as it will discourage the sense of competition
Currently their primary level and secondary levels are divided into (P1, P2) and (S1, S1) respectively, each level contains Mid-Year Examination (MYE), weighted assessment like weekly tests and Final-Year Examination (FYE) which keeps the student busy in rigorous routine throughout year and to keep an eye on each of the students Holistic development profile (HDP) is made which contains parameter to judge the student in a single glance like coloring a subject according to pass/fail status, class grade, maximum & minimum marks and finally the total marks but first thirst of ‘ SkillFuture Movement ‘ has removed MYE and FYE at both levels of primary meanwhile student will be marked through the weighted assessment which contains small bites of work like daily class work, quizzes, notes and group project however parameters of HDP have also been changed from competition oriented to conduct grade, personal behavioral qualities, involvement in co-curricular & community based activities, school attendance & physical fitness (BMI). Freeing up for two years will help them to grow physically and will help them to learn with experience which will instill the sense of eternal & self-learning.
Singapore is generally a peace loving nation which prefers to protract peaceful relations with its neighboring countries unlike other countries of Asia who are sitting on the pile of ammunition however they (Singapore) believes in spending most of their budget on education that’s a fact that a primary school child who took admission in 2018 is going to get $130K by the time till he finishes his secondary schooling.
In an effort to soar-up the performance of disadvantaged students Singapore is launching a program named ‘ UPLIFT’ which aims to provide impetus to recent changes that are occurring within the education system and to particularly focus on the absenteeism rate and to help student cope with the social problems. This program is closely working with the primary school meanwhile this taskforce also has the right to directly reach out to the students and to solve the various problems at grass-root level. Singapore also plans to further enhance this program with the name of ‘GEAR-UP’ which is after-schooling program mainly focuses on enhancing the social-skills of students.
Everyday changing world is now demanding to solve problems at much higher pace with efficiency and correctness that our system is unable to cope with, so that’s the reason that developed countries like Singapore are putting maximum of their efforts in providing skills and in-hand experience to their children at very initial stage and giving them the sense of eternal learning.