How Singapore’s Education System Is Better Than Pakistan’s
Singapore produces one of the most competitive PISA OECD students and also ranked number 1 a few times and once position in the top 10 almost every time, so what does Singapore’s education system offer its students that makes them so good? Certainly, student interests and hard work play the biggest role in it, but children all over the world have almost the same abilities, for example, you can’t say that Pakistani children are stupid, that’s why they don’t win anything and never got a stop up. 20 OECD PISA Rankings. So there is something else that Singapore does to perform so well and that is its school system.
Singapore has removed the competitive part of education and made every student’s learning a priority. Primary and secondary school records will no longer indicate whether a student finishes first or last in the class, while the averages by subject and by group, the overall total marks and the minimum and maximum marks are set to disappear.
Report cards will not display underlined or overlined failing grades or record a pass or fail result at the end of the year. Discussions, assignments, and quizzes should replace grades and grades as the preferred method of collecting information about the performance of young primary school students.
While older primary and secondary students will also study in a less competitive environment. Grades for each subject will be rounded to the nearest whole number without decimal places to reduce the emphasis on academic achievement. Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education of Singapore, supported these measures as; “Learning is not a competition” when these changes were made in 2019.
The Department of Education (MOE) is planning a series of changes aimed at discouraging comparisons between student performance and encouraging individuals to focus on their own learning development. Singapore’s new approach to education stands in stark contrast to neighboring states that top the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) education rankings. This confirms that it’s not all about competition.
The system in Singapore presents very different paths and directions and overall gives students a better chance to discover and excel in their fields of interest, so professionals in the fields would be passionate and put all their heart.
In Pakistan, children’s careers are often chosen by their overwhelmed parents or students often choose their own careers because they haven’t received enough career guidance. Students don’t have enough space outside of learning and memorizing things and trying to beat their own friends in class to actually find out what they love and make a career out of it. Parents, on the other hand, instead of encouraging children to try different things, urge their children to always perform better in class so that they don’t have to face public shame.
Good teachers are also a very important aspect of the education system while only those who cannot get a high paying job in their field opt for a teaching career in Pakistan. In Singapore, the NIE, the entity created to prepare teachers, principals, and superintendents for their school system, has established a rigorous process for the selection and training of educators. Only one candidate out of twelve who applies to become a teacher becomes one.
The most common path is to first earn a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. To qualify, the college graduate must have graduated in the top third of their class. Candidates who wish to teach in a secondary school must be specialized in the subject they wish to teach. Candidates for primary education must have a degree in English, mathematics or a foreign language.
Candidates who meet the above criteria are then called for an interview. The four-educator interview panel discusses why applicants want to become teachers, their teaching skills, communication skills, and personal demeanor. An integral part of the interview is a series of role-playing and essay writing regarding how the candidate would approach specific situations in the classroom. 80% of students surveyed are rejected!
Candidates who pass the interview are then hired by the MOE and assigned to a class and a mentor for three to six months. In other words, Singapore pays qualified candidates to become teachers. Forty percent of those selected to receive the classroom experience fail to meet the standards and are removed from the program.
The remaining candidates are then required to complete a 16-month course program at the NIE, obtaining a postgraduate degree in education. Candidates earn between $3,600 and $5,000 per month while participating in the program. Very few students fail or leave the program once selected. Upon completion of the NIE courses, candidates are assigned to the same school where they are taught and begin their teaching career. In this way, only the most qualified educators and experts in their fields are given the responsibility to teach young people and the products of these incredible mentors are also excellent.