Voices Of Youth

​NTU's hub considers new learning needs

It is admirable to see Nanyang Technological University taking into consideration their students' learning needs (NTU's second learning hub boasts 'smart' classrooms; Feb 22).

In the 21st century, students need to be equipped with skills that allow them to be adaptable in the workforce. Hence, project work and discussions among students are encouraged.

However, it is not easy for classrooms to do away with the traditional format .

First, the traditional format has proven effective in the past, when the education system was more focused on developing hard skills and students were taught to ace their exams through rote learning and memory work.

Second, schools may have trouble garnering adequate support from the board members, staff, parents and students to make such changes to the school system.

But people must understand that change is constant, and advancements are, ultimately, necessary for a country's growth.

Jean Wee Lee, 16

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline '​NTU's hub considers new learning needs'. Print Edition | Subscribe