Internships link classroom to world

There have been several reports about revamping Singapore's education system, so that schools prepare their students better for the working world by equipping them with more practical skills and knowledge ("Education for the real world"; last Friday).

While this is important, it is also imperative for us to place some emphasis on conceptual knowledge and academic content.

Theories and concepts taught in school are essential for students to gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of a particular topic or subject.

Schools should provide more platforms for students to gain a taste of the real world, such as liaising with companies to allow students to take up internships and work attachment programmes.

By doing so, students will not only learn more about the industries of their choice, but also be galvanised to connect theory with application by practising the knowledge that they have acquired in school.

Ashley Tan Yu Yi, 15, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2016, with the headline 'Internships link classroom to world'. Print Edition | Subscribe