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Students Showcase Personal Stories and Aspirations for SG50 through Digital Media

Ministry of Education Press Releases - 17 hours 49 min ago

More than 200 students received recognition for their creativity in animation and video production at the Schools Digital Media Awards (SDMA) 2015 presentation ceremony on 5 March 2015.

Co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies, SDMA, in its 15th year, continues to inspire and discover young talents, attracting a total of 393 entries from more than 1700 students across 177 schools. A total of 54 awards (2 Platinum Awards, 10 Gold Awards, 16 Silver Awards and 26 Merit Awards) were given out at the award presentation ceremony graced by Mr Deakarajen V Sanmugan, Assistant Vice-President, Productions [Drama, Comedy and Factual], Mediacorp TV Pte Ltd.

In celebration of SG50, special themes such as “My Special Singapore/A Place in Our Heart” and “Hear Me Out - My Wish for Singapore” were introduced this year, attracting more than 170 entries from students who shared interesting stories and their personal aspirations for Singapore. This was especially so in the animation category where students fully leveraged on the richness of the medium to produce animations filled with anecdotes celebrating the history, rich cultural heritage and unique traits of Singaporeans.

Students impressed judges with their creative and original interpretations of the different themes such as “50”, “Do You Know?” and “Big Hearts, Helping Hands (Values in Action)”. The Platinum Award winning entries were of a particular high calibre, showing a sense of maturity in the usage of various cinematography and animation techniques by the students. The refreshing take and creative presentations of the theme “50” was another highlight of the Platinum Award entries.

The entries were judged on their content, creativity, engagement and technical quality.

The winning entries can be viewed on the SDMA website and the list of winners can be found in Annex A.

Background of Schools Digital Media Awards:

The Schools Digital Media Awards is an annual competition for teachers and students of MOE-registered schools in genre categories such as animation, documentary, drama and advertisements. The competition aims to achieve the following:

  • provide students with a platform to express themselves creatively through different media - video and animation
  • provide teachers with a platform to engage in media production for educational purposes
  • promote the values of teamwork and collaboration among students and teachers
  • enhance the development of media literacy among students and teachers
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Results of 2014 Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) Examination

Ministry of Education Press Releases - 17 hours 49 min ago

Of the 14,185 students who sat for the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) Examination as school candidates, 12,963, or 91.4%, received at least three H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry.

School candidates have been issued their result slips by their respective schools from 2.00 pm today.

Private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. They will also be able to access their results online (using the password provided to them) via the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at from 2.00 pm today.

The Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Examination is conducted jointly by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, the Ministry of Education and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).

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All Primary Schools to Benefit from School-Based Dyslexia Remediation Programme in 2016

Ministry of Education Press Releases - 17 hours 49 min ago

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has further expanded the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) Programme to 60 more primary schools in 2015, to now cover 121 primary schools, or two-thirds of all primary schools. Another 290 students are expected to benefit from the programme in the additional 60 schools. This is on top of the 1,510 students who have benefited from the SDR since 2012. The programme will be made available to all primary schools in 2016.

First piloted in 2012, the SDR programme is a two-year intervention programme for Primary 3 and 4 students. Students with weak language and literacy skills at Primary 1 will receive early intervention through the Learning Support Programme (LSP). For students whose literacy difficulties persist, they would be systematically referred for further assessment and diagnosis by the end of Primary 2. Students confirmed to have dyslexia would receive specialised remediation through the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) programme in Primary 3 and 4.

A unique feature of this remediation is the specially designed curriculum by MOE Reading Specialists catering to the dyslexic profile of students. The remediation programme adopts a systematic approach to teaching reading and spelling which is based on methods tested and proven internationally. The approach addresses key difficulties faced by children with dyslexia, such as phonological deficits, difficulty in making connections between letter sounds and letter names and weak memory. Students are taught letter names and letter sounds, as well as how to read and spell words, and read connected text explicitly with methods that involve multiple senses - of sight, sound, movement and touch. Repeated practice is built into each lesson to help students better internalise the knowledge and skills. The programme is conducted by Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support) and English Language teachers who have received specialised training to conduct the programme.

Findings from the two-year pilot in 2012 showed that students who had participated in the remediation programme had improved in their reading and spelling skills. A majority of them made more than two and a half years gain in reading age. Their motivation and attitude towards learning had also improved.

Please refer to Annex A for the list of schools offering the SDR programme in 2015.

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Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

Yahoo Singapore Education News - 18 hours 16 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death. The slashing of Ambassador Mark Lippert's face and arm, which left deep gashes and damaged tendons and nerves, was an extreme example, but America infuriates ...
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Be courageous in rewarding innovation, says NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 10:03pm
In a speech that drew applause from the House, Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin says the SkillsFuture initiative has the potential to be a 'big game-changer' to inject a spirit of innovation back into the country.
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Msia Thailand and Spore propose review mechanism for cross-border stock offerings

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 5:53pm
Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have proposed to develop a review framework to facilitate cross-border equity and stock offerings in the region. Capital market regulators from ...
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COMMENT: Is the “Singapore Dream” an elusive one?

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:25pm
The recently-announced Budget introduced a slew of measures targeted at strengthening safety nets for the lower- and middle-income groups, empowering businesses to continue restructuring efforts and gain independence from manpower issues. It also sought to encourage lifelong learning through financing continuous training.
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The G spot – on education

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 8:26pm
I like reading G replies to MPs’ questions. Sometimes, the questions are asked orally and since the G gets up to answer and take followup questions, the answers get air-time or print space. But there are also questions which ask for written replies, and unless there is a big news point, it usually gets ignored
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Singapore students in UK hit out at law school restrictions

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 7:44am
TODAY reports: Students and alumni of the eight affected universities are concerned that their universities will be perceived as inferior to those still on the list.
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Authentic Learning Contexts Equip Students with Problem Solving Skills

Schoolbag - Wed, 09/04/2014 - 8:00am

According to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international benchmarking study, Singapore students are able to think flexibly and creatively when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems.

Students in Singapore are able to think flexibly and creatively when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. In a real-world situation, they would be able to find information, use intuition and dare to experiment with alternative solutions. This is according to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) computer-based assessment of Problem Solving, organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Of the 44 education systems that participated in this international benchmarking study, Singapore students came up joint-first with Korea students. "Singapore's education system has at times been criticised for encouraging rote learning at the expense of developing creative skills. The PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving skills proves those critics wrong," said Mr Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Education Policy and Deputy Director for Education and Skills of OECD. This PISA finding has helped to validate the broad-based approach to education that the Ministry of Education has been emphasising, which provides students with rich learning opportunities in real-world contexts.
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Student Ambassadors Creating a Better Internet through Kindness

Schoolbag - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:30pm
"Let's Create a Better Internet Together" was the theme of this year's Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP) Conference, calling on students to work together and be considerate of others when online. The conference, jointly organised by student leaders from the School of Science & Technology (SST) and Innova Junior College (IJC), was held over three days for students from more than 200 primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges. A collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Media Development Authority, the CWSAP aims to provide an extended platform to engage students and promote peer advocacy in cyber wellness.

Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, delivering his keynote speech at the Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP) 2014 Conference.

At the Conference for secondary school students on 26 March 2014, Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, gave a keynote speech, where he emphasised that kindness played an important role in creating a safe internet space for all. He also reminded students to be vigilant and considerate when engaging in online activities. The CWSAP STAR Awards 2014 ceremony was also held to honour student ambassadors for their active involvement and efforts to promote cyber wellness education between student ambassadors and their peers. This year, the winners of the CWSAP STAR Awards are the School of Science & Technology, River Valley High School and Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (AMKSS).
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