Future-Proofing Kids Top Priority for Singapore Parents

HP released the results of their New Asian Learning Experience (NALE) Study Results they conducted earlier this year. The study revealed that Singapore parents are extremely focused on future-proofing their children, that is by preparing them for opportunities of the future workplace.

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The biggest worries for Singapore parents are the rising cost of living (72%) and that their children will not have the skills for future roles (59%). Today’s millennial parents know that education will and must evolve.
78% of Singapore parents prefer experiential learning over rote learning and memorization (62%). They also listed exam scores as the worst indicator that children are learning.
According to them, problem-solving skills is the best indicator of learning. And parents will prefer to expose their children to new ideas rather than put pressure on them to perform academically.

Tuition Is Least Effective

Interestingly, only 12% of the parents survey agreed that tuition is beneficial. The rest ranked tuition as the least valuable learning activity and worst way to prepare children for the future. Yet, 50% of the parents spend extra income on their children’s tuition. These millennial parents also say they would consider sending their children to school abroad (23%) or move homes to a better school district (22%) for their children.

Singapore Parents Want Technology Used In Education

Singapore parents see print and digital learning as having different benefits. They feel that print is better for reading comprehension, time spent reading, knowledge of vocabulary, and retention, whereas digital platforms facilitate creative and critical thinking.
Parents prefer honing their child’s linguistic skills on printed materials (43%) and learning music on digital platforms (46%). They use a mix of print and digital predominantly to enhance math (53%) and linguistic skills (44%).
Koh Kong Meng, Managing Director of HP, South East Asia & Korea shares that “the study gives us insights on how learning is evolving and where our innovations can ensure these young learners thrive.” He adds that HP is aligned with the parental focus on print and digital learning making a positive impact on their children’s lives.
Hence, to prepare the young learners for the future, HP is creating new, immersive learning experiences though their innovative printers and personal computers to engage with the young learners.
HP reinvents learning with its range of innovative printers and personal computers, such as HP Envy Photo printers and HP ProBook x360 laptops. These gadgets will ensure that young learners have the tools to be self-directed, creative learners, practice critical and inventive thinking, and develop cross-cultural skills and global awareness.
Other key survey findings include:
· 73% say it is most important for their children to be happy when they grow up
· 65% of millennial parents in Singapore are conscientious and agreeable
· 59% of Singapore parents worry their children won’t have the skills for future roles
· 54% believe that the pressure put on children to perform academically is not healthy
· Parents believe that printed materials have a positive impact on their children’s learning, but use a mix of printed materials and digital learning to enhance their children’s math and linguistic skills.
The HP survey engaged 3,177 respondents across India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines aged between 25 and 42 with at least one child. The survey was conducted from November to December 2018. The above results are based on respondents in Singapore only.