In his article ("Learning for life, not grades", The New Paper, Oct 3), Mr Melvin Singh said education must prepare children for life. We agree.
Over the years, we have moved towards an education system that is centred on the student and driven by values.
Providing a good academic foundation remains necessary, for students have to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip them for productive careers later in life.
And this foundation must be complemented by developing their appreciation and talents in other areas such as sports, drama, music and art for a fulfilling life.
Continuing efforts to provide a holistic education
We recognise that education goes beyond academics. Schools must develop in our young strength of character, integrity, empathy and a heart for our fellow man. Schools must also help them develop the qualities of adaptability, resilience, resourcefulness and teamwork.
These qualities will enable our children to navigate the workplace and social spaces of the future in a globalised world, and help them find fulfilment as individuals.
We have been redesigning the curriculum and methods of teaching to achieve these objectives. We have taken steps to reduce an over-emphasis on grades.
We have reinforced character and citizenship education. We have done away with school ranking. The Sports School, SOTA and SUTD have been introduced to encourage the flowering of different varieties of talents beyond the tradition ally academic.