The Desired Outcomes of Education are attributes that we aspire for every Singaporean to possess by the time they complete their formal education. These outcomes establish a common purpose for our educators, drive our policies and programmes, and allow us to monitor and assess the state of our education system.
A child schooled in the Singapore education system embodies the Desired Outcomes of Education. They should possess:
- A good sense of self-awareness.
- A sound moral compass.
- The necessary skills and knowledge to take on challenges of the future.
They should also be:
- Confident persons who have a zest for life, have a strong sense of right and wrong, are adaptable and resilient, know themselves, are discerning in judgment, think independently and critically, and communicate effectively.
- Self-directed learners who take responsibility for their own learning and question, reflect and persevere in the lifelong pursuit of learning.
- Active contributors who are able to work effectively in teams, exercise initiative, take calculated risks, are innovative and strive for excellence.
- Concerned citizens who are rooted to Singapore, have a strong civic consciousness, are responsible to their family, community and nation and take active roles in improving the lives of others.
Key stage outcomes
The Desired Outcomes of Education are translated into a set of 8 developmental outcomes for each key stage of our education system: primary school, secondary school and post-secondary education.
The key stage outcomes spell out what we aspire to develop in our students through primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Each education level builds upon the previous stages and lays the foundation for subsequent ones.
For example, primary school students start by knowing their strengths and areas for growth. In doing so, they will believe in their abilities and learn to adapt to changes by the time they are in secondary school. At the post-secondary level, they will grow to be resilient in the face of adversity.