A “Little Red Dot” without natural resources – the development of Singapore’s human resources is the key to its continual survival in a competitive world economy.
Hence, the mission of Singapore’s “ability-driven” education system is to develop every young Singaporean to his or her maximal potential. Encapsulated in the “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation” vision launched in June 1997.
Recruitment of teachers is based on the top 30% of each cohort entering the education system, ensuring that education has some of our best graduates moulding the hearts and minds of young Singaporeans.
Singapore has its “Continual Professional Development Model” (PDCM) which allows several pathways for teachers to progressively acquire higher certifications (including masters and PhDs) through accreditation process.
It is envisioned that by 2015, at least 50% of Singapore’s 28,000 teachers will have at least a masters degree.