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
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.