New initiatives announced by MOE were 'carefully planned' to benefit students: Heng
The programmes and initiatives announced at the Education Ministry's (MOE) annual workplan seminar were "thoroughly considered and carefully planned" to benefit students, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.
"These are not light decisions. They are thoroughly considered and carefully planned, and we are taking them because they will benefit our children. We shall devote ourselves to the full time it will take to make these plans work," Mr Heng wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
At the ministry's workplan seminar on Wednesday, he announced that every secondary school will develop two distinctive programmes by 2017 to support applied learning and lifelong learning. The programmes will give students more opportunities to learn about things they are interested in.
The ministry will support all schools to form student development teams by 2016, to focus on the quality of student experience in all schools. It will also expand and build an integrated online learning space for all primary and secondary schools by 2016.