Education about skills, character

Local education today is about developing enduring skills and character, and less about transferring content knowledge, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

He said it starts with recruiting teachers with the right values to guide young Singaporeans. Mr Heng was speaking at the ministry's annual promotion ceremony yesterday, reported Channel NewsAsia.

There were 6,803 education officers promoted this year. This includes 121 principals - almost three times the number last year.

Mr Heng said: "Education is now less about transferring content knowledge but more about learning how to learn and about holistic development. Our students need to know what is right and what is wrong. They need to discern truths from untruths.

"Education is about developing in our students an enduring core of competencies, values and character, so that they have the resilience to survive and succeed in a future which could be very different from the one that we are living in today."

As the ministry's leadership grows, Mr Heng said teachers continue to take a central position in delivering its values-driven education.

"They themselves must have the relevant values, knowledge and skills to guide our young. It starts with recruiting teachers with the right values and passion to teach.

NIE then needs to develop them, not just with a strong foundation in pedagogical content knowledge, but also in the ethos of the teaching profession," he said.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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