SINGAPORE: More students will stand to benefit from SkillsFuture work-study programmes, with authorities planning to grow this into a "mainstream pathway" by 2025, said Minister for Education Lawrence Wong, as he outlined how his ministry would support key priorities laid out on Monday (Aug 24) by President Halimah Yacob.
Delivering her address at the opening of Singapore's 14th Parliament, Mdm Halimah spoke of the need to provide greater social support and strengthen safety nets for the long term amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an addendum to the President's address released on Tuesday, Mr Wong touched on the importance of education as a social leveller as well as the need to support continuous learning.
As such, institutes of higher learning will continue to ramp up their capacity for continuing education and training, said the minister. In particular, they will increase their range of "industry-relevant modular courses" to support "lifelong learning", he said.