Key Achievements in 2004
Major Challenges Ahead
Overall Education Landscape
Regulatory Framework and Governance Structure
Management of Schools and Tertiary Institutions
Curriculum Development
Professional Development at Schools
Student Finance
Community Participation in Education
Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education
Commission on Youth
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The Government has been progressively
implementing a comprehensive education
reform ranging from early childhood to
tertiary and continuing education. The
core objectives of the reform are to
'motivate students to learn', and help
them 'learn to learn'.

The key to realising this vision, is to create a conducive learning environment that promotes learner autonomy so as to nurture students to become self-regulated lifelong learners.

The education reform initiatives are wide-ranging and intertwining. There are, broadly speaking, six major strands - curriculum and assessment reform, language education, professional development, student admission systems, expansion of education opportunities, and school improvement.

Efforts over the past four years have borne fruits. A number of surveys have revealed that positive and encouraging changes are taking place in many areas. Over 70 per cent of primary school and over 50 per cent of secondary school principals reported improvement in students' communication skills, independent thinking, motivation, creativity and commitment following the education reform. Over 50 per cent of school heads reported significant improvements in the relationship among the stakeholders - teachers, parents and students - and higher morale among teaching staff, despite additional work. Over 70 per cent of primary students find learning more enjoyable and like going to school more than before. The teaching force has become more professional and there are more collaboration and experience sharing among teachers and schools.

In October 2004, the Government started a three-month consultation to solicit the views of all stakeholders on the design blueprint, timetable for implementation and financial arrangements for a new academic structure comprising three years of senior secondary and four years of undergraduate education. There is overwhelming support for the proposed reform and constructive feedback from the community. The Government will decide on the way forward by mid-2005.