The Innovation Begins in National Junior College: A Case Study
Every school sets its vision, values, philosophy, aims and intended outcomes which, in turn, inform its strategic plans and policy. Prior to 2002, National Junior College (NJC) was a school which ran a 2-year pre-university ‘A’ level programme for high ability students. When it received approval for its proposal in 2002, NJC had the opportunity to create and implement a programme which enabled them to fulfil their vision, values and philosophy of holistic schooling. By 2004, NJC was ready to initiate a 4-year integrated programme (IP) and enrolled high ability students who were 15 years of age. In 2009, the benefits of the 4-year IP were enhanced when the Ministry of Education approved the NJC’s programme to be extended to 6 years. The radically redesigned new 6-year IP would benefit students from age 13 as it provided the crucial time and platform for a sustained programme that will develop students into persons who would possess excellent character, sound leadership and a strong sense of service to the school and nation.