Currently the Punjabi Language curriculum comes under the purview of The Board for The Teaching and Testing of South Asian Languages (BTTSAL).1990 - 2007The Singapore Sikh Education Foundation started the programme in 1990 by using books published in India. These were supplemented by worksheets prepared by teachers.Problem – The curriculum was India-based. This served its purpose as a starter. However, students found difficulty in relating with several aspects as most passages were based on agrarian households. Singapore’s context and lifestyle is very different and students found difficulty in identifying with the Curriculum.Response – A Singapore-based Curriculum was designed and new Instructional Materials published to cater to the needs of the learners.Singapore-based CurriculumThe Singapore-based Curriculum was drawn up. The Curriculum ensures that the following are met:a) teaching of the Four Skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writingb) Examination demands by Ministry of Education, Singaporec) socio-cultural Needs of the CommunityCommencement of Process – from Worksheets to WorkbooksIn the Year 2001, the Punjabi Language teachers compiled their Worksheets over the 10 years into the themes stipulated in the Framework. The laborious task of publishing the books began with teachers and the Administration Staff working round the clock.The 108 titles, Course Books, Workbooks and Students’ First Aid in Punjabi Language (Student Guides) for all the 12 levels, Kindergarten to A levels were piloted in the Year 2002. Feedback from students and teachers was sought and the publication of the published books came into use in the Year 2003.A Curriculum Framework was formulated along the guidelines of the Ministry of Education’s Mother Tongue Language Frameworks. In the Year 2000, the Ministry of Education issued a new set of Examination Guidelines which reflected major changes in the secondary syllabus.
The Board for the Teaching & Testing of South Asian Languages (BTTSAL) provides a common Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTIL) syllabus, curriculum and teaching materials.
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