Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Education (a) how many students does the Moot Parliament Programme (MPP) take in each year; (b) what is the rationale for limiting MPP participation only to Year 3 and Year 4 students from schools offering School-based Gifted Education or the Integrated Programme; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider expanding MPP to allow participation from more schools.
Mr Chan Chun Sing: The Moot Parliament Programme (MPP) seeks to develop students’ interest in parliamentary legislation and develop active citizenry. The programme is open to upper Secondary students in IP schools.
About 200 students take part in MPP each year. The size of this programme is a function of the availability of quality mentors and participants.
MPP is but one offering amongst a wide portfolio of available programmes that promote active citizenry. Other than in the formal curriculum through subjects, such as Social Studies, there are also many school-based and community-based programmes, such as Model United Nations Conferences and Pre-University Seminar, that raise awareness of social issues and encourage community service. Collectively, these provide a range of options accessible to students across schools.
Ministry of Education
20 October 2022