Session15-ProfLeoTan-OverviewofSingaporesMilestoneReforms(6).pdf

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The Development of Education in Singapore since Independence - A 40-year perspective Professor Leo Tan National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University Singapore
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Preambles Education is at the core of a nation’s development. Since 1965, Singapore has consistently transformed its education system to meet changing landscapes. The overall objective is to develop a cohesive society and prepare successive generations of young people to compete and thrive in a globalised future.
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The Development of Education in Singapore Since 1965 1945 – 1960s: ¾ Ethnic divisions Hi h U l t ¾ High Unemployment ¾ Political Instability ¾ Poor infrastructure (e.g.) Health, Housing, Education. The political challenge was to build a viable state that had legitimacy. A merger with Malaya which would create a bigger market was to be the solution. But it was not the case.
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The Development of Education in Singapore Since 1965 In education, the colonial heritage was one of: ¾ Four medium of instruction school system. ¾ Low investment in school infrastructure. ¾ Inappropriate “British-based” curriculum. ¾ Education was poorly linked to emerging economic needs needs. ¾ Poor teacher training infrastructure and low status of teachers.
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The Development of Education in Singapore Since 1965 Building the Nation: 1965-1978 ¾ Failure of merger (1963-1965) led to Singapore’s independence in 1965. Singapore faced enormous h ll challenges. ¾ Political – to build a Singapore nation in which citizens Political – to build a Singapore nation in which citizens unite, contribute and have opportunities regardless of race, language or religion.
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The Development of Education in Singapore Since 1965 ¾ Economic- to transit from an entrepot economy to an open, export-based economy.
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