The Report on Ministry of Education by Goh Keng Swee

In August 1978, then Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee was tasked to lead a study team to identify problems in Singapore’s education system and propose solutions for reform. The government was of the view at the time that a thorough review was crucial to align the education system with the rapidly changing social and economic needs of the country. Submitted on 9 February 1979, the Report identified three main shortcomings in the education system, namely, high education wastage, low levels of literacy and ineffective bilingualism. This artefact was part of the selection in the time capsule buried in 1990 by then DPM Ong Teng Cheong to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2015.