Can We Really Make Singapore Students Imaginative and Inquisitive?

18 Jan 2018

In two recent separate speeches, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng spoke of the need to nurture “active Imagination, collective Inquisitiveness, and rich Interconnections” (“3 Is”) among our students so that their Innovation Quotient can be increased.

He first said this last month at an appointment ceremony for principals, and more recently at the opening of the 2018 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement held in Singapore.

Minister Ng rightly identifies these meta-level traits - as opposed to acquiring content knowledge through direct instruction and rote learning - as having the potential to help Singapore navigate, if not master, the many disruptions coming our way.

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Dr Adrian W J Kuah

Head (Case Studies Unit) & Senior Research Fellow