Committee of Supply (COS) Debate on Education


At this year’s Committee of Supply (COS) debate on education, Minister for Education (Schools) Mr Ng Chee Meng and Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung emphasised that success comes in many forms, and that our education system will continue to offer many paths and new possibilities to recognise and build up the different strengths, interests and attributes of our people.

MOE COS debate


Our Ministers highlighted that MOE will remain committed to the following:


  • Strengthening Holistic Education;
  • Nurturing Aptitudes & Enhancing Access to Opportunities;
  • Expanding Pathways; and
  • Growing Partnerships for Learning
MOE’s key announcements at COS 2017 include:


  • Subject-Based Banding at Secondary Level
  • Enhancements to Direct School Admission in Secondary Schools
  • Review of Affiliation Priority in Secondary 1 Posting
  • Enhancements to Aptitude-Based Admissions in PSEIs, and
  • Introduction of the ITE Technical Diploma and SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes


Even as we expand pathways and enhance access to opportunities in our education system, our children’s values and character will remain at the centre of all that we do. Our teachers and parents must work hand-in-hand to help our children discover their interests and develop their strengths.


For more details on the updates and announcements, you can refer to the infographic attached and visit the MOE COS 2017 microsite. You can also read all the speeches here.Let us work together to help every child know that they matter, and that they can succeed in many different ways!

Thank you for your efforts in strengthening and promoting school-home-community collaborations in your role as a Parent Support Group member. We look forward to your continued support in this meaningful partnership of nurturing the next generation.


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Please click here to download the COG 2017 Inforgraphic

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