In Oct 2002, the Junior College/Upper Secondary Education Review Committee, chaired by then Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Education, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, recommended, among other things, the introduction of IP spanning upper secondary and JC education. The IP was part of the broader restructuring of the education landscape to encourage greater diversity and choice, and cater to the varied talents of our students. The IP would cater to students who were clearly university-bound, and could also do well in a less structured environment. It would free up time used to prepare students for the GCE 'O' Level examinations to engage them in broader learning experiences. The Committee's recommendations were endorsed by Parliament in November 2002.
Currently, the IP is offered in eight schools/families of schools, namely, the Raffles and Hwa Chong families of schools, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), National Junior College, Temasek Junior College, Victoria Junior College, Dunman High School and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.
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“We've got to teach less to our students so that they will learn more.” With these words, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong affirmed the direction that the education system is taking. In moving towards greater flexibility, the education system aims to nurture students with the capacity for independent thinking.
Teach Less, Learn More is a call to re-examine the fundamentals of teaching and learning – why we teach, what we teach and how we teach. It addresses closely intertwined issues of curriculum, pedagogies as well as assessment.
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SEED is the acronym for Strategies for Effective Engagement and Development of Pupils in Primary Schools. SEED leverages on school/teacher experience to design their desired learning environment, teaching and assessment approaches, and is for all primary schools. Schools design their own teaching/learning programmes, pedagogical approaches and assessment modes, based on the specific needs, abilities and learning styles of their pupils, to engage and develop their pupils.
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