The Education Ministry is studying whether to hire native speakers to teach English language in schools.
Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said this during a dialogue session at a student education conference.
Questions from the students at the dialogue session were wide-ranging.
But the concern on how to better enhance students' English proficiency cropped up often.
Mr Tharman assured them that his ministry is paying attention to this area.
But he pointed out that it is incorrect to say that the standard of English language has deteriorated.
Mr Tharman said that is because more people are speaking English now compared to 30 years ago and inevitably it gets spoken in a different way.
He said: "If need be, we can bring back native speakers of the English language to help us, especially in the first phase, help us to strengthen the teaching of the English language.
"We have many excellent Singaporean teachers in the English language. But we may need more numbers and this is something which we're looking into as well.
"At the top end, we need to do more, to make sure that those who have the ability to speak it well, really do so and are proud about it, just like how we want students to be proud about speaking the mother tongue well."
Earlier this week, Mr Tharman revealed that the new Minister of State for Education, Lui Tuck Yew, will be looking at improving the teaching and learning of the English language.
During the education conference, the students also presented their proposals such as having more exchange programmes between ITE and JC students.
The conference, organised by Hwa Chong Institution, involved 65 students from various schools.
After listening to the proposals given by the students, Mr Tharman said that he was very impressed with their work.
He called their suggestions constructive and mature.
And Mr Tharman was heartened to note that the students themselves want to broaden their education and develop life skills.
1. If Singapore's standard of English is apparently not deteriorating, then why consider hiring native English speakers at all?
2. Perhaps Tharman would like to clarify what the definition of 'deteriorating' is. If the standards are supposedly "changing", but not "deteriorating", then they are improving? Come on Tharman. As Education Minister, use your proficient language skills and tell us what you're really trying to say: the kids need help.