General Paper

What Our Subject is About

The Knowledge Skills department aims to develop students’ thinking, process and communication skills. Our activities and lessons will provide the necessary student experience to enable all in at Raffles Institution to effectively analyse and use information, with the hope of being able to express individual thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. The subjects under the Knowledge Skills department comprises General Paper, Project Work, Knowledge & Inquiry and English Language and Linguistics. 


What We Do To Develop Students' Interest/Abilities

In spite of the diverse range of subjects offered under the Knowledge Skills department, we have a single aim of developing critical thinking and exposing students to a whole array of knowledge that the world has to offer. Each subject does it differently: the focus in General Paper is on important current affairs, while Project Work delves deeper into local social issues. Knowledge and Inquiry delves into the nature and construction of knowledge. English Language and Linguistics, on the other hand, develops the ability to analyse and study the English Language and also the skills needed as an interpreter and a producer of meaning.  


For more on the syllabus, please refer to the following link: (General Paper)


Who We Are

Mr Adrian Tan ([email protected]) – General Paper and Project Work

What Our Students Say

"GP was a subject that was challenging but enjoyable. It not only honed my language skills, but also taught me to think more critically about issues, to test the assumptions I may hold, and to confront the implicit biases I may harbour. The lively discussions we had in GP class on real-world issues were particularly memorable — our teacher always had to urge us to move on because our discussions would never end!"
- Lin Ji Hong Amy 19A01B


"GP in RI has provided me with an excellent opportunity to research and delve deeper into topics that interest me. Each individual’s new knowledge is often shared among peers during mini class debates and through massive topical flowcharts constructed during lessons."
- Alexandra Mei Tan 19S06C