• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Singapore's education policies are largely influenced by the need to compete in a global economy. Do you agree? Explain your answer.

Extracts from this document...


Raffles Institution Social Studies Assignment : Education - Lionel Ong (19) 4Q a) Singapore's education policies are largely influenced by the need to compete in a global economy. Do you agree? Explain your answer. [12m] I agree to a large extent. Ever since Singapore gained independence in 1965, Singapore's education policies has played a crucial role in the economic progress and social changes of the country, and more importantly, the raising of Singapore's standing on the global stage, in terms of both economic might and international recognition. During the early years of independence, Singapore's main priority was to deviate away from entrepot trade into manufacturing and industrialisation so as to improve the economy, and at the same time solve the problem of unemployment. As a result of this move towards industrialisation, the Singapore government had to prepare students for entry into the workforce by equipping them with the necessary skills. As such, technical education was introduced for the first time in secondary schools in 1969, where all boys and 50% of the girls had to take technical subjects such as woodwork and metalwork. ...read more.


As a result, pupils had a greater awareness of their own cultural roots. English was also important - it functioned as a link between the different races as it was a common language which everyone understood. This improved communication amongst the various races, helped to break down racial barriers and build a more harmonious society. In 1997, National Education (NE) was formally introduced in all aspects of school life, ranging from discussion during lessons to celebration of events such as Racial Harmony Day and Total Defence Day. NE fosters strong bonds among pupils of different races as they each get to learn about and appreciate the diverse and rich cultures of each race. It also teaches them responsibility and commitment to family, community and country. In conclusion, I agree, to a large extent, with the statement that Singapore's education policies are largely influenced by the need to compete in a global economy. It is the overriding and most important factor taken into consideration in the making of our education policies. To be able to compete on the global stage, in a global economy, alongside much bigger and more powerful countries such as the United States of America and Japan, to be able to stand ...read more.


At the end of their vocational training, or apprenticeship, pupils obtain a certificate of competence in his/her particular trade. These certificates are highly valued in Switzerland, and with the large number of pupils possessing such certificates, the Swiss can be confident that their reputation and achievements in the various fields such as banking, engineering, food and nutrition, hospitality management, pharmaceuticals, technology and quality craftsmanship will be upheld. The Swiss identity of quality and excellence in the service sector is thus created and enhanced. In conclusion, I agree to a large extent that the multi-lingual policy in Swiss schools helps to create the Swiss identity. The multi-lingual policy enables Swiss pupils to effectively communicate with each other, no matter which canton or region they come from, by breaking down the language barrier. The knowledge of an ethnic language also enhances the desired effect of social education, causing the pupil to even better understand and appreciate the culture of another ethnic language. Social responsibility is also critical in the creation of the Swiss identity, but the creation of a harmonious society in Switzerland as a result of multi-lingualism and a better understanding of the different diverse cultures is the most important. For harmony equals unity, and only with unity can there be the Swiss identity. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Work & Leisure section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Work & Leisure essays

  1. Education is a means of brainwashing a society and reinforcing prejudice. Do you agree?

    We cannot read his will!"(p.106 reverend Hale) demonstrates the total addiction of a person to one thing, the extinction of witches after God's will; due to his authority his will is imposed on a society and random people are being accused of using witchcraft. This demonstrates that education leads in many cases to subjective judging resulting in

  2. a) With reference to the Items and elsewhere, assess the view that the introduction ...

    The middle class tend to believe education is a good thing and so it is better to stay in the system as long as possible. By doing this they would achieve as much as possible and get good qualifications. Another home factor is the resources and material possessions of the social classes.

  1. What were the lives of people like in the 19th century cities?

    His family and 2-3 other had to share a two room flat with him. The circumstances where really bad. Trash was thrown through the windows on the narrow street and almost never cleaned. In their house they probably did not even have any books, since they in most cases couldn't read.

  2. What is education for? Critically evaluate the diverse functions of education with reference to ...

    It is here I want to consider wether education has attained equality of opportunity or reproduced the inequalities that existed pre 1944. The act certainly increased the opportunity of secondary education for all but the system that was eventually implemented fell short of the original ideology of equal opportunity.

  1. Find out what subjects girls study more in higher education as well as for ...

    She however found that girls are still socialized to be wives and mothers. Just like a Girl" Sue sharp found that the education system plays a part in directing girls towards feminine subjects. It is interesting to note that the change that girls made over the past years from being non-career oriented to becoming career oriented.

  2. Examining equality in Education.

    However, A.H. Halsey argues that education fails to offer the same opportunities to lower classes as it does to higher classes. Halsey's work indicates that children with less material resources are found disproportionately among the 'failures' of the education system.

  1. To what extent do feminist theories remain relevant for interpreting gendered patterns of work.

    In this respect then, it can be said that feminism is not relevant in interpreting gendered patterns of work as women frankly could not combine the two. The model of the "superwoman" emerged here, through feminists proposals for women's liberation; a woman who did not stop, a woman who worked and then did the housework.

  2. American education is a lot different than the early Chinese education. In America, ...

    Chinas' education is based on training for entrance exams for college; this time of exams is known as "black July".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work