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Singapore is a high-income island located in the Pacific with real per capita GDP (PPPadjusted) of US$26,763 and total population of 4.4 million in 2005. Singapore, with an average annual growth rate of 7 per cent since the 1990s, is a well-known...
Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Singapore from 14 to 22 January. All Commonwealth countries were represented, seven by their Presidents, seventeen by their Prime Ministers, one by the Vice-President, and six by senior Ministers. The Prime...
Education systems are increasingly making changes in response to a rising tide of new expectations about the role of education in human development. Education is seen as a critical requirement for individuals to fulfil their potential, for...
The Masterplan for IT in Education was approved in early 1997. Its goal was to lay a foundation for IT-based teaching and learning in schools. However, the human and physical infrastructure that was put in place to promote learning objectives also...
Singapore recognises that the ability of its people to ‘create wealth through the innovative application of systemic ideas and knowledge’ is a major determinant of its economic competitiveness in the global environment. As a small country with...
The administrative systems have had a major impact on work processes at the MOE and schools. They have also provided greater information access to staff, students and parents. Increasingly, the data accumulated through the automated systems are also...
The MOE began computerisation in 1979 on a minicomputer platform. The focus was on creating and maintaining data on students, teachers, and schools. By 1984, the MOE had moved to a mainframe, using the ADABAS database system.
Rapid advances in Information Technology (IT) pose new opportunities as well as challenges for every society. The use of such technologies can transform not only the efficiency with which tasks are performed, but also the pattern of organisation and...
One clear implication of the move to online access for schools is the increase in the number of users who have to be trained. For mainframe systems with no online access by schools, only a small number of MOE users needed to be trained. However, the...
In order to understand the use of IT in the management of education, it is necessary to have an overview of the key features of the Singapore education system.
The Commonwealth Secretariat through its Management and Training Services Division has been providing extensive assistance to Commonwealth governments confronting the challenge of securing administrative and managerial improvements in the public...
Improving the productivity of the Civil Service has been a preoccupation of the Singapore Government ever since it came to power in 1959. How the civil service can be more effective and responsive to public needs has always been in the minds of civil...
The National Computer Board was set up to help the public service and Singapore develop a strong computerisation and IT initiative. This was part of the drive for increased productivity in the public sector and to help Singapore sharpen its...
The Tripartite System in Singapore is the way the government, trade unions and employers work together in institutions, committees and other forums for the economic well-being of Singapore.
Singapore is a small city state covering 646 sq. km - 42 km from east to west and 23 km from north to south - and is completely urbanised. It imports all its food and most of its water. Every child grows up with an inescapable sense of national...
Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-religious society. It believes firmly in the principle and practice of meritocracy, be it in the progression of students in schools or in selection of the best candidate for the jobsno affirmative action, whether...
In this section, we discuss the Service Improvement Unit (SIU). The programme "Public Service for the 21st Century" or "PS21" has already been discussed in Section 3.
This section provides an overview of each of the other sections of the Profile. Section 2 deals with the principles of governance in Singapore the Singapore concept and practice of good government and the need for the Civil Service to have in place...
Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles. To administer the colony, Sir Stamford Raffles had a small core of civilian officers - Singapore's first civil servants.
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