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01 October 2018

Greetings.

This simple sharing comes after the unusual turn Ministry of Education (MOE) announces to the change that will take place in the following year. Such a significant movement will have gone through many rounds of brainstorming to reach a stage of implementation.

MOE takes this big leap to move away from the all famous standardise examination from Primary school to Secondary School, and places much emphasis on the Chinese language. Urging Singaporeans to embrace the Chinese language to form the new direction in the workforce. This is all done to prepare for the future course of Singapore.

 (A) SINGAPORE: Primary and secondary schools will reduce the number of examinations and assessments students are required to sit from next year, as part of efforts to reduce the emphasis on academic results.

The move, announced by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Friday (Sep 28), will provide students with more time to adjust during “key transition stages”. Older students will also get more time to adapt to new subjects and higher content rigour, the ministry said.

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung described the changes as a step forward in improving the balance between the joy of learning and the rigour of education.

This will also encourage teachers to explore more optimal ways of teaching, he said. For example, with an additional three weeks of curriculum time every two years, there could be more hands-on learning or investigative lessons.

(Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/exams-assessments-scrap-m...)

And adding on to the earlier announcement of:

(B) SINGAPORE - Students who have a better grasp of Chinese should be encouraged to raise the bar for themselves and keep the language alive, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Wednesday (Sept 12).

"We must continue to groom these children who love Chinese," he said in Mandarin.

"We must encourage them to further their study of the language in tertiary institutions, and when they graduate, they can be a new force for the Chinese language in Singapore."

(Read more at https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/encourage-students-who-...)

Indeed, this shift MOE takes seem to move away from the traditional way of recognition by grades; instead, it inclines to seek positive outcome towards the inquiry learning-based model that is the core of IB framework.

Hence, to achieve the learning outcomes, written in Chinese, it would be an essential process MOE may take to complete the learning outcome.

探索
(tansou)
探究
(tanjui)

Probe, Quest
Explore

 

The above two words sound similar, but they are different in nature, tansou seeks to find out more, knowing more, knowledge building, constant probing into the topic of interest. tanjui is an active engagement of doing the fieldwork, research-intensive, conducting numerous tests, data collections, full exploration as a scientist.

All these synchronize with the human nature of learning, it starts from tansou探索, very similar to the PYP inquiry-based learning, and progressing to MYP, where knowledge building in breadth and depth focus on, and is finally enhanced by IBDP, where specific and core subjects take center stage, paving the way into higher learning, for many learners tansou, 探索 will be completed, ready for tanjui探究 to take over.

If all these are the stones that lay the education pathway for the future, then perhaps the closest connection will be HWA’s educational focus and believes in the bilingual and bicultural framework. HWA is truly on the right track to groom the new generation of international students, parallel in learning, similar to the new framework of MOE, the former – since 2006, the latter, 2018.

Thank you.

Clarissa Lim

Principal