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MOE to develop 15 FutureSchools@Singapore schools by 2015

Study on returns to higher education in Singapore

Education: Performance by ethnic group 1996–2005

New Chinese Language Curriculum for Primary 1 and 2 in 2007

Inaugural Singapore Education Awards 2007

Major changes in teaching of English Language in our schools

Primary schools to do away with EM3 stream from 2008

New NorthLight School to offer vocational programmes in 2007

MOE opens more gates for secondary students

Regional ITE colleges to be completed earlier

Post Secondary Account for every eligible child

Key Survey Findings on Education Services 2003

Landmark City Campus handed over to SMU

Government allocates Bukit Timah Campus to NUS

University admissions under new A Level curriculum

Teaching Woes

Interim Changes to 2006 PSLE & GCE 'O' Level Mother Tongue Exams

NUS, NTU & SMU to become autonomous universities

No single intake for JC/CI admission in March 2006

UAGFSC recommends autonomy for NUS & NTU

Still envy our children?

Fumbling through Mother Tongue

Education: Performance by Ethnic Group 1994 - 2003

Changes to Teaching of Chinese in Schools from 2006

Mining the education domain

ITE campuses renamed as colleges from 2005

Over-indulging our children

New School Graduation Certificate from 2008 

Churning out better behaved Singaporeans

Of porn VCDs and the schoolboy

Job opportunities in private education

Is our English that bad?

Work & Play in Singapore: DPM Lee Hsien Loong

When children commit suicide

SM LEE Kuan Yew speaks to university students on the future for their generation

Are teachers always right?

Differences between British & Singapore O & A Levels - Excerpt of Minister's speech

Regulation of Kindergartens - excerpt of Minister's speech

Arts education in our schools - excerpt of speech by Education Minister

University Review Committee says no to 4th university for Singapore

4 schools to offer new Integrated programme

Education: Performance by ethnic group 1992 - 2001

Education Minister speaks on the new JC Curriculum

Govt accepts recommendations for changes to Junior College curriculum

Whither literature in our schools?

Sculptor & educator Joseph McNally dies

Happy Teachers' Day 2002
Education - Keeping pace with the needs of tomorrow: Excerpt of Minister for Education and 2nd Minister for Defence RADM (NS) TEO Chee Hean's speech

2002 PSC Scholarships: Excerpt of DPM LEE Hsien Loong's speech 

Taking life for granted

The Teacher's Dilemma

Educational performance by major ethnic groups (1991 - 2000)

What ills the teaching profession?

I'd rather be a trout than a bluefish

Are Singapore firms blind to homegrown talent?  

Has the National Library got to go?

A censorship taboo is broken on local TV

Conducting examinations during school holidays

Students learn at own pace with streaming - Dir. (Planning) MOE

Students' behaviour at exam time

Discipline in schools - a big problem now

Should handphones be allowed in school?

School Discipline: Put the cane in our teachers' hands

Pioneer Class: Singapore Management University




     - Posting results for the 2007 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE)


Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Exams 2006 Results




No. Sat

Minimum 2 A

& 2 AO-Level

Passes including GP
















ITE Road Show 2007

2 to 4 March 2007


     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Exam 2006 Results

     - MOE to develop 15 FutureSchools@Singapore schools by 2015

     - Study on returns to higher education in Singapore


     - Two students to be charged in court for misuse of sparklers

     - Synthetic fields for eligible schools


SMU starts School of Law

"The Third Committee on the Supply of Lawyers estimated that an additional 140-150 legal professionals will be required each year from 2010 until 2015 to meet the needs of Singapore’s legal industry.

"To meet this number, the SMU School of Law will take in 90 students in AY2007, reaching a steady-state intake of 120 from AY2008 onwards.
"The NUS Faculty of Law will also increase its intake from the current 220 to 240 beginning in AY2007..."




Higher school fees for PRs and foreign students

"From January 2007, PR in Government and Government-aided schools, junior colleges (JCs) and the centralised institute (CI) will pay about 20% more for school fees. They currently pay the same fees as citizens at the secondary and pre-university levels.
"FS, whose fees are already higher than those for citizens and PR, will have their fees increased by about 30%. The new fees for FS will take effect two years from now (2009 ), to give time for them to decide if they wish to apply to become permanent residents..."


     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'N' Level 2006 Results

     - Education: Performance by ethnic group 1996–2005

     - 2006 Primary School Leaving Examination (PLSE) Results

     - New Chinese Language Curriculum for Primary 1 and 2 in 2007

     - Inaugural Singapore Education Awards 2007

     - New committee to look into reducing school dropout rate


Singapore eases admission criteria for new lawyers

"Government announced on 17 August 2006, its in-principle acceptance of the recommendation of the Third Committee on the Supply of Lawyers chaired by the former Attorney-General, to allow Singaporean citizens or Permanent Residents ("PRs") who graduated from Overseas Scheduled Universities with Second Class (Lower Division) Honours to practise law in Singapore, provided they possessed certain relevant work experience or qualifications..."


     - New school principals in 2007


All schools to get indoor sports hall for PE, sports and games

"The indoor sports hall will mean an approximately 50% increase in a school’s sports facilities. It will give schools the flexibility to conduct CCAs and PE lessons at any time of the school day...

"Estimated to cost a total of $690 million, the project will be implemented in phases over seven years..."



Norovirus outbreak may have affected another two schools

"MOH has investigated into the Ang Mo Kio Secondary School outbreak which occurred on 25-28 Sep and established the cause as norovirus gastroenteritis. Investigations into the cause of outbreak at Stamford Primary School are still in progress although norovirus has also been identified.

"As at Friday, 6 Oct, two other schools [ACS(I) and Maris Stella (Primary)] have reported 20-30 cases of students and staff falling ill with similar symptoms. These cases are also being investigated to determine their cause..."



Recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools

"There has been an increase in the number of persons attending the polyclinics for acute diarrhoea over the past three weeks...

"However, in view of the recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools affecting a large number of school children, the Ministry would like to advise the public to be vigilant about diarrhoeal illnesses..."



Major changes in teaching of English Language in our schools

Singapore students do fairly well in reading literacy, but standards of oral and written communication are highly uneven. Some employers have observed a decline in oral fluency, writing skills and the ability to communicate with impact...

The EL curriculum will focus on developing oral confidence, grammar knowledge and a love for reading to anchor EL learning throughout the primary school years...

Secondary students will revisit and build on foundational skills, in particular, grammar and spoken English...

A new subject, English Language, to be offered at H1 and H2 levels, will be introduced at the pre-university level from 2009...




Primary schools to do away with EM3 stream from 2008

"Primary schools will introduce Subject-based Banding starting from the 2008 Primary 5 cohort, replacing the current EM3 stream.

"With Subject-based Banding, students will be able to offer a mix of Standard or Foundation subjects depending on their aptitude in each subject...

"Schools will work out class and timetabling arrangements that allow students to take separate classes in Foundation subjects while being integrated with other students for the rest of the curriculum..."


     - School Achievements in 2006

UK Securities & Investment Institute opens Singapore office

"The SII anticipates offering its front and back office qualifications in Singapore, otherwise known as the Certificate and IAQ suite. It has appointed Mona Poomy as its VP based in Singapore.

"SII examinations are approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and there are a large number of international banks with offices in Singapore who are keen that their workforce are trained to the same standard of competence as those in the UK..."


     - SJI (International) to be Singapore's 3rd privately funded school


MOE unveils S$250m plan to boost teaching profession

" Enhanced PDL will allow a teacher who has had at least 12 years of experience to take up to 2˝ months (1 school term) of full-pay leave...

"MOE will introduce a new Learning & Development Scheme. In the scheme, teachers will be entitled to claim up to $400 or $700 per year, for any learning-related expenses that they choose...

MOE is increasing the starting salaries of Pass/ Pass (Merit) Degree and Diploma recruits by 1 increment (which is equivalent to an increase of 5-8%) with effect from 1 Sep 06. The current starting salaries of trainee teachers holding other qualifications remain competitive..."


     - DUKE - NUS Graduate Medical School to open in 2009

     - Easier for returning Singaporeans to go back to our schools



Of young Singaporeans then and now

"As for assembly talks, we had guest speakers but unlike your 'interactive' talks; they did all the talking, we did all the listening and no one thought that we might want to ask them some questions.

"My teachers were more concerned that we did not fall asleep during the session. This I am told is one of those things that have resisted change as this generation of students is also similarly afflicted..."


     - Number of recognised foreign medical schools increased to 120


Singapore to hold large-scale flu pandemic exercise

21-22 Jul 2006

"This large scale exercise will involve over 1,000 personnel from MOH, the Ministry of Education (MOE), home-front and related agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA), Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and the People's Association..."



MAS Launches Finance Scholarship Programme

MAS will set aside a budget of S$30 million from the FSDF over the next 5 years. It expects to award some 150 FSP scholarships over the next 5 years.


     - Singapore and MIT to start SMART research center here in 2007


Community Issues: Improving the teaching of English Language in Singapore schools

"It has been suggested that native speakers of English be hired. Proceed with care: Natives have come and gone in the past. Just now, there are hardly any in the schools.

"What has been MOE's experience? Clear speech is fundamental when communicating with Singaporean students.
"Few native speakers are BBC-perfect in diction, understood in any cultural context. There are British teachers (more so Scots, Irish and Welsh) whose speech would not be intelligible to Singaporean ears..."


     - Registration exercise for admission to Primary One in 2007


Government launches 10-year infocomm masterplan


Create 80,000 additional jobs

Have 90 per cent homes using broadband

Achieve 100 per cent computer ownership for all homes with school-going children





     - Direct Admission Exercise for JC in 2007

     - 47 schools in Direct Admission Exercise for Sec 1 in 2007






Act 3 International & NAC present Kidsfest


1 - 6 Jun 2006




Easier for returning Singaporean children to re-enter local schools

First, at the primary school level, MOE will do away with the need for placement tests for returning Singaporean children seeking placement.
Instead MOE will identify a primary school nearest to their home with vacancies and offer a place to the child. We will implement this by the middle of this year....
Second, at the secondary school level, MOE will also do away with the need for returning Singaporean children to sit for multiple school-based tests.
Instead, MOE will develop a Centralised Placement Test (CPT) to provide a common yardstick...



Amended Enlistment Act requires males 13 years & older to get exit permits

MINDEF will require pre-enlistees aged 13 to 16½ to apply for Exit Permits if they intend to be away from Singapore for 3 months or more.

Those who require Exit Permits of 2 years or more will be required to furnish a bond...

The penalty regime for Exit Permit offences for those aged 13 to 16˝ will be only a fine of up to $2,000, with no custodial sentences...

We will thus be introducing a new offence in the Enlistment Act under which parents and guardians can be made liable for the Exit Permit offences of their children or wards of ages 13 to 16½ so that the penalty can be imposed on their parents or guardians when the circumstances warrant it. The penalty regime for the offence will also be a fine of up to $2,000...


     - 13 more schools to be upgraded by 2009

     - Singapore to recognise more foreign medical degrees


2nd Defence Minister speaks on NS deferment & disruption

Therefore, MINDEF will only grant deferment for pre-enlistees to gain their basic educational qualifications of ‘A’ levels, polytechnic diploma, or below.
This is reasonable as most of our 18 year old NS enlistees would either have completed their basic qualification programme or are about to complete it.
As university degrees are considered higher educational qualifications, deferments for university studies will no longer be allowed. This new policy for deferments has been in place from the end of last year.


     - New NorthLight School to offer vocational programmes in 2007

     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Exams 2005 Results


More financial help for students from lower-income families

First, the income ceiling will be raised so as to allow the lowest 20% of households to qualify.

The income limits under the FAS for Government and Government-Aided Schools will be increased from the current $900 (Gross Monthly Household Income) to $1,500 for families with 1 or 2 children; and from $1,050 to $1,800 for families with 3 or more children.

Second, the benefits granted to FAS recipients will also be expanded. They will receive a full waiver of the standard miscellaneous fees, compared to the 50% waiver under the current FAS. FAS recipients will also get a 75% subsidy on national examination fees...


     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Exams 2005 Results

     - Release of 2005 GCE 'O' Level Exam Results

Survey on Singapore Youth & Their Portable Gadgets

by Second Year Media and Communication students in Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Business

"Out of the 795 respondents who owned handphones, Nokia had the highest share at 56% while Samsung and Sony-Ericsson tied for second place at 16% each...

"Respondents were asked to choose one item that they would not be able to live without from a list that included the handphone, PC, TV, portable music device, PDA, portable game console and digital camera. 78% of all the 800 respondents indicated that they could not live without their handphone."




Your day to choose creativity, courses, careers for the July 2006 Intake!

Sat 11 Feb & Sun 12 Feb 2006


     - Single intake for JCs and centralised institute from 2009

     - TAF & Mindef Fitness Performance Awards for Schools 2005


     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'N' Level Exams 2005 Results

     - NTU launches inaugural Nanyang Alumni Awards


     - NAFA bags prestigious honour at British Business Awards

     - PSLE 2005 Results

NUS Corporatisation Bill

"The new legislation aims to safeguard the Government’s strategic interest in the university sector and yet, give the universities the autonomy to be nimble and responsive to the dynamic landscape...

"The NUS Bill also provides the legislative provisions to transfer NUS’ property, rights and liabilities to the successor university company, and will repeal the existing NUS Act which establishes NUS as a statutory board..."



Prevention of child abuse and neglect in Singapore

"Over the last 5 years, my Ministry investigated an average of 188 complaints of alleged child abuse each year. Only in 40% of cases did our investigations reveal real evidence of abuse.
"Granted, the number of cases with evidence of abuse increased by about one and a half times from 61 in 2000 to 90 in 2004. This is due largely to greater awareness among those who have regular contact with children and who reported the incidents to the authorities for intervention..."



     - NUS School of Computing holds int'l multimedia conference

     - 51 new school principals for 2006


LASALLE-SIA to launch scholarship for acting & musical theatre degrees

"The Veda Mekani Scholarship for Acting and Musical Theatre will be launched on 28 October 05 at The Arts House. For the occasion, LASALLE-SIA will be presenting the first public performance by its pioneer cohort of BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students...

"In this cabaret-style presentation, students will perform a range of songs from the early classic animated features including Snow White, Dumbo and Pinocchio, and through to the recent masterworks like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Toy Story..."



We Know What You Did Last June School Break: ACNielson Survey

Average spent by parents on each child during the June school break
Below $100
$100 - $199
$200 - $499
$500 - $999
$1,000 - $1,999
$2,000 and above
Not sure


     - Direct school admission to Sec 1 in 2006


Study Mum Situation in Singapore

"As at end Jul 05, there were about 6,800 study mothers in Singapore of whom some two-thirds were from the PRC...

"As at end Jun 05, less than 1,000 study mothers were holding Work Permits..."



     - 25 primary schools to pilot new Chinese Language curriculum

     - MOE opens more gates for secondary students

     - School Achievements in 2005  (replaces ranking of top schools)

     - Educational Performance by Ethnic Group 1995 - 2004


     - Regional ITE colleges to be completed earlier

     - Post Secondary Account for every eligible child


Prime Minister's National Day Message 2005

"...Every Singaporean – and not just a select few – must receive the best education that he is capable of.

"So we are investing heavily in polytechnics and ITEs, and not just in universities. We are paying attention to Normal stream students, and not just those in the Express and Special streams. We are emphasising lifelong learning, and not just pre-employment education.

"We also need to remake our city, so that it is vibrant, cosmopolitan and throbbing with energy, with our own distinctive X-factor that makes us stand out from other cities.
"Global cities like London, Paris, New York and Shanghai are continuously re-making themselves, so all the more must we. This is the deeper reason, beyond attracting tourists, why we are developing integrated resorts..."


      - SMU staff & students parade into new City Campus


Easier to enter the Sports School from 2006

"...First, the Sports School will admit all students with high sporting potential regardless of their academic ability. This will take effect from 2006..."


       - Happy Birthday Singapore! - National Day Projects

     - MAS launches NUS Centennial Commemorative Coins


Shots Fired at Secondary School

We refer to the article “Shots fired at secondary school”, published in Today on 30 June 2005.
In paragraph two of the article, it was stated that “…unknown to most of [the students], their school has been the target of an unidentified sniper”. The article also stated that shots have been fired at the school since April, that bullet holes mark some of the walls, and that “air gun pellets may have been discovered during a police investigation.”
We would like to clarify that to-date, there is insufficient evidence to suggest the presence of a sniper. Police are still establishing the cause of the damage to the windowpanes. We have also conducted checks in the school. Although there were small holes on the damaged windowpanes, there were no bullet holes or other markings on the walls. Neither were there any air gun pellets nor projectiles discovered.

Members of the public are advised that there is no cause for alarm. Further speculation on the incident should also be avoided.

30 June 2005 @ 3.30 pm

Source: Media Release 30 Jun 2005


     - ComCare Fund for needy Singaporeans launched

     - Registration of children for admission into Primary 1 in 2006

     - Key Survey Findings on Education Services 2003

     - Landmark City Campus handed over to SMU

     - Government allocates Bukit Timah Campus to NUS

     - National University of Singapore (NUS) turns 100

     - 43 sec schools in sec 1 direct admission exercise in 2006

     - University admissions under new A Level curriculum

     - First National Interschool Blogging Championship

     - Direct Admission Exercise 2005 for JC1


Monday with the Editor: Teaching Woes

"Handling a class of boisterous Express stream students is a world apart from handling a class of out-of-focus NA or NT students. Express stream students may be noisy and active, but they need the barest of tuning to keep them in order.

"Simple veiled measures such as harping on the haircut of students who stray work quickly to put them in line again. On the other hand, NA and NT students, more often than not, come from dysfunctional families. Some students are even impervious to caning..."


     - Interim Changes to 2006 PSLE & GCE 'O' Level Mother Tongue Exams

     - MOE to build six new primary schools by 2008

     - NUS, NTU & SMU to become autonomous universities

     - No single intake for JC/CI admission in March 2006

Count on our children to take care of us in our old age?

"...I see many youngsters engaged in animated conversation over who has the latest mobile phone and I think - at this age, they have yet to earn money and they are already bowing to peer pressure and thinking of spending more than pocket change. When they come into the mainstream of society, will they wise up and live prudently or will their parents still have to support them then..."



Monday with the Editor: Second-hand smoke in public places

"Just last month, in a small shopping centre in Hougang, I saw someone approaching a teenager who was puffing away in the air-conditioned lobby of the place, just outside a lan-gaming shop. When he told the young man not to smoke there, the boy retorted, 'I like it, leh!'..."


      - Posting results for the 2005 Joint Admissions Exercise


Monday with the Editor: Of pre-university students and CIP

"These boys from Maris Stella were busy running up to the young and the old. You could see the eagerness in their faces as they went about their task. Each approach was energetic, and though some pedestrians did not donate, the boys were not disheartened.

"In these boys, I saw the same enthusiasm which gripped me as a secondary student some thirty years ago when I was selling flags for charity. These boys from Maris Stella were certainly not of the same grain as the one who took the donation tin to lunch with his parents..."



School fields for public use

"Some 50 school fields all over the island will be available for public use under a scheme to maximise the use of sports facilities in Singapore...

"Members of the public can book the fields for a small fee; full soccer-sized fields can be booked for $50 per two-hour slots while smaller-sized soccer fields can be booked for $25 per two-hour slots..."



Student falls from school building

A 16-year-old student of Bedok South Secondary School was injured after he fell off the first floor of a building at his school yesterday. Police are investigating the incident.

Source: Straits Times 11 Mar 2005 (H2)


Changes to CCA and CIP for university admission

"... it will no longer be necessary to have a fixed CCA points system for junior college (JC) and Centralised Institute (CI) students applying to university from 2007 onwards. MOE will remove the CCA grading system, PEARLS, for first year students in JCs starting from this year.

"At the same time, MOE will remove the minimum 6-hour requirement for CIP for all students in JCs and the CI from this year. The CIP scheme, introduced in 1998, is now a vibrant feature of JC life..."


     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Exams 2004 Results

     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Exams 2004 Results

     - Notification of Release of 2004 GCE O-Level Results


Monday with the Editor: Competition from China whiz kids

"Rather than worry about the influx of talent that could threaten their children's future, our Singaporean parents should see these China whiz kids as a necessity for local schools, for our own students, having outdone their own kind at school over the past decades and not having worthwhile competition to spur them on to greater heights, can now count on these brilliant China kids to pace them into greater excellence..."


     - Tentative List of Singapore Public Holidays for 2006

     - Younger teachers can take up Senior Teacher appointments

     - ITE launches global vision


Prudential Children First!

Singapore International Festival for Children

3 - 20 March 2005

     - Parent complains about 'taupok' game in JC

     - UAGFSC recommends autonomy for NUS & NTU

Monday with the Editor: Still envy our children?

School starts today for more than 500,000 children across the island this new year. As these children stream back to their schools and begin looking around in their new classrooms, some of them may notice a classmate or schoolmate missing.

And they may realise that the tsunami which took place far from our shores over the holidays has something to do with that student's absence from school...