Adult Education: Skills Upgrading Vs 2nd Chance for Qualification

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Adult Education: Skills Upgrading Vs 2nd Chance for Qualification

  1. 1. Adult Education Second chance academic qualification or skills upgrading? 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia 2 - 4 March 2014 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 1
  2. 2. Proceedings 1. Adult Education in Singapore 2. Major Changes since 2003 3. Government Funded CET Qualifications 4. Issues and Challenges 5. Conclusion 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 2
  3. 3. http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/landscape/print/sg-education-landscape-print.pdf 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 3
  4. 4. Adult Education in Singapore (Pre-2003) Government Funded  Trade certificate  Diploma  Advanced diploma, Specialist diploma  Post-graduate programmes Equivalence of full-time programmes at a different time slot Non-Government Funded  Professional development courses  Private schools running diploma / bachelor / postgraduate programmes Programmes taken for various reasons 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 4
  5. 5. Pre-2003  Disorganised  Unregulated  Market-Driven 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 5
  6. 6. 2003 – Establishment of WDA Workforce Development Agency  Keep training relevant  Strengthen the Continuing Education and Training (CET) infrastructure  Help workers find jobs 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 6
  7. 7. 2005 – Establishment of WSQ Framework Workforce Skills Qualifications  National accreditation system  Occupational and competency-based system  Assessment and certification are based on ability to demonstrate the industry's required capabilities 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 7
  8. 8. 2008 – Launch of CET Masterplan  Quantity o o  Setting up new CET centres Expanding existing CET centres Quality o o  Engaging PSEIs Setting up Institute of Adult Learning Flexibility o Integrating CET and local educational system 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 8
  9. 9. 2010 – Setting Up of NPCEC*  CET Workgroup – June 2010 o o Establish stronger linkages between the academic CET and WSQ systems; and Strengthen the alignment in CET policies/programmes amongst the Government agencies. *NPCEC = National Productivity and Continuing Education Council 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 9
  10. 10. 2011 – Introduction of New Academic CET Quality Framework  Unified framework for academic CET programmes o o Approval process o  Course structure Course retirement process Revised funding model 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 10
  11. 11. 2003 Setting up of WDA 2005 Launch of WSQ Framework 2008 Release of ERC Report 2010 Setting up of NPCEC and CET WG Laissez Faire 2011 Launch of MOE New CET Quality Framework Regulation 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 11
  12. 12. 2003 Setting up of WDA 2005 Launch of WSQ Framework 2008 Release of ERC Report 2010 Setting up of NPCEC and CET WG Side Business 2011 Launch of MOE New CET Quality Framework National Agenda 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 12
  13. 13. Pre-2003  Disorganised Post-2010  Unified  Unregulated  Regulated  Market-Driven  Socially-Driven 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 13
  14. 14. CET in Singapore (Post-2010) Academic  Trade certificate Skills  WSQ certificate  Diploma  WSQ diploma  Advanced diploma, Specialist diploma  WSQ specialist diploma 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 14
  15. 15. Matching of Demand and Supply  What regulatory roles do the agencies want to play?  Who should determine o What courses to run? o Intake size? o Entry requirements? 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 15
  16. 16. Digestible Course Structure  In support of adult learners o Bite-size modules o Removal of non-essential modules o Accumulation of certificates leading to a qualification o Video-recording of lessons 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 16
  17. 17. Funding Model  Who to fund?  What to fund?  How much to fund?  How to fund? 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 17
  18. 18. Transferability  How do we deal with the issue of equivalence between the two systems?  How do people value the two qualifications? 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 18
  19. 19. Upward Mobility Skills Qualifications  Recognition – pay increase  Recognition – entrance to higher studies  Industry recognition  University recognition 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 19
  20. 20. Conclusion  General direction has been correct  However some issues still need to be dealt with: o Recognition o Support for adult learners o Policy intent Vs Outcomes 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 20
  21. 21. Thank You 2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia | Slide No. 21

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