SINGAPORE - Education Minister Heng Swee Keat posted on Facebook on Thursday that the Ministry of Education's (MOE) programmes and initiatives announced at its annual workplan seminar were "thoroughly considered and carefully planned" to benefit students.
"These are not light decisions. They are thoroughly considered and carefully planned, and we are taking them because they will benefit our children," he wrote.
"It is no easy task we have ahead of us. It is a responsibility that all of us at MOE take very seriously. But while there are challenges, there is also great joy and meaning in this work of education."
At the seminar on Wednesday, Mr Heng announced that all secondary schools will develop two distinctive programmes - applied learning and learning for life - by 2017. The programmes will give students more opportunities to pursue their interests.
The MOE will also support all primary and secondary schools to form student development teams by 2016, and expand its online learning resources and build an integrated online learning space for all schools.
Mr Heng also wrote that the initiatives aim to give students a "broad and deep educational foundation that readies them for a lifelong journey of life and learning".
He added that to provide students with a broad education, the system must be inclusive and provide opportunities and multiple pathways for every child.
A deep education will impart values and character to the students so that they are committed to the country and their family.
Mr Heng stressed that education must be a lifelong journey - learning does not stop at passing exams or getting jobs, but is a process that continues for life.
"I want our education system to unleash the best of the human spirit in our children, in a way that lasts them for their whole lives," wrote Mr Heng.
Mr Heng's announcement can be read at www.moe.gov.sg/ work-plan-seminar.
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