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PH Looks to SG for Reforms in its Education System
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Education Secretary Leonor Briones meets with Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung (Photo courtesy of the Official Facebook Page of Education Minister Ong Ye Kung)

15 October 2018 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones officially visited Singapore on 07-10 October 2018, where she got to observe first-hand a primary and a secondary school, as well as meet with her Singaporean counterpart, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.

Secretary Briones, accompanied by First Secretary Gonaranao B. Musor, DepEd Director for External Partnerships Service Margarita Consolacion C. Ballesteros, and Head Executive Assistant Leilani L. Galvez, visited on 09 October 2018 Farrer Park Primary School and Dunman High School as part of DepEd’s continuing efforts to reform the Philippine education system.

DepEd hopes to apply whatever it can learn from Singapore’s school system that is suited to the Philippine context.

Secretary Briones is particularly interested on how values education is integrated into Singapore’s curriculum and on Singapore’s teacher training program.

Farrer Park Primary School was noted for its holistic approach in child development as it targets “the head, the heart, and the hands” to respectively refer to providing academic, character-building, and life skills education.

Dunman High School, meanwhile, already provides financial literacy education to its students, which proves that it is never too early to teach students how to manage their finances.

Secretary Briones, First Secretary Gonaranao Musor (leftmost), DepEd Director Margarita Ballesteros (3rd from right), and Ms. Leilani Galvez (2nd from right), together with officials of Farrer Park Primary School as they pose in one of the hallway corners of the school converted into a play-learning area.
Secretary Briones interacts with the students of Farrer Park Primary School.

Secretary Briones then called on Education Minister Ong Ye Kung where she conveyed “the high regard placed by Filipinos on Singapore’s education system.”

DepEd further sees Singapore as a fitting model to benchmark its reform program for the Philippine education system.

Both parties agreed on the importance of ICT and technology to further improve education. Secretary Briones also emphasized equal importance for both technology and values in education.


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