Soldiers in Singapore to get training via digital platforms

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Digital media and technology is transforming the way education is offered in schools, colleges and training institutes these days.

A recent report from AsiaOne states that trainees in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) would soon be getting trained via digital training platforms.

The new platform called Learnet, can be accessed using laptops and tablets, and makes training highly interactive and effective, providing the trainees with online tutorials and lectures, reducing the need for classrooms and allowing soldiers to learn in their own time.

Talking about the new system, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said, “The demographic of the SAF serviceman is changing. We will have less of them, and therefore more will be required from each of the.”

He added that Learnet reduces classroom time by 10 per cent, and allows trainees to complete 30 per cent more of the syllabus. The time saved enables soldiers to spend more time doing hands-on training.

Learnet was piloted from 2009 in four selected institutes. It will be rolled out in phases to all 20 SAF training institutes and 60 training units.

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