Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/shifts-must-be-made-in/879902.html

SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has said that two important shifts must be made in the education system in order to prepare the young for the future.

In a Facebook post on Friday evening, Mr Heng said firstly, the education system must **help the young acquire deep skills** and **integrate theory with practice through applied learning**.

Secondly, the system should make it easier for students **to continue learning in their areas of strength** and interest, and **encourage lifelong learning**.

Mr Heng said the education system needs to better **link the interest and strengths of students to jobs of the future**.

He explained that **when students develop a deep interest, when their imagination is captured, they can go on to do wonderful things**.