NextGen Youth Seminar
Q2. To what extent is the National Education syllabus still relevantand effective for secondary school students in modern Singapore?
NationalEducationMessageWhile Singapore’s education system places a lot of emphasis onacademic excellence and the nurturing of every student to the best of their abilities, it also wants to trains students who will becomeresponsible and morally upright Singapore citizens who care for their country and are willing to contribute back to Singapore’s society.To infuse the students with a sense of belonging and ownership toSingapore, Singapore’s education system has also included nationaleducation (NE) in its syllabus. NE not only teaches the students factsabout Singapore which every Singaporean should know, it also arousesa sense of pride and belonging to Singapore as it does so. Studentslearn about Singapore’s history, culture and characteristics, and learnto love and protect their country in doing so, killing two birds with onestone.Singapore’s core values, which is also the basis on which NE is builton, are reflected in the following six messages:Message 1Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.This message reminds students that Singapore is where their home is,and there is no other country that can replace that in their hearts.Singapore will and forever be their one and only homeland where theytruly belong.National Day marks our Separation from Malaysia, and our emergenceas an independent country in the community of nations. Since 1998, aNational Day Ceremony was introduced in schools. This Ceremonyaims to bring to the students a greater sense of the historicalimportance and solemnity of National Day. Schools conduct a
15-minute National Day Ceremony
which is more formal than thefestivities that schools usually organise.Message 2We must preserve racial and religious harmony.Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-religious country. As such, in order to live together peacefully and prevent racial or religious riots frombreaking out, it is important that students understand the importance of respecting another race of religion, and not be bias or prejudice, which