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Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sat, 31/01/2015 - 7:31am
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Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sat, 31/01/2015 - 5:36am
TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. Jordan has said it will only release an al-Qaida prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, from death row if it gets proof the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is ...
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Singapore defeats Oman in ACC Twenty20 Cup

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 5:34pm
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman suffered its first loss in the ongoing ACC Twenty20 Cup in UAE when it lost to Singapore by 23 runs on Tuesday. Oman which had earlier defeated Saudi A...
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Markets Live: Stocks slip on CPI surprise

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 10:33am
The local sharemarket has fought its way back into the black, on track for a fifth day of gains, as banks extend their recent rally, while the Aussie jumps on higher than expected core inflation.
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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 8:58am
MELAWI, (KALIMANTAN-NEWS) - SMKN 1 Sayan sampai saat ini belum memiliki guru Matematika dan guru Bahasa Inggris. TUTONG : Maintaining the unity of the community is vital in ensuring the harmony of the future generations who will be the village community's pillar of strength to continue living in peace and prosperity.
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InfoSec Community Get Ready to Arm Yourself with New Cyber Defence Tactics, Increase Your Knowledge and Sharpen Your ...

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 28/01/2015 - 8:00am
SINGAPORE, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cyber criminals leave no stone unturned when it comes to trying to penetrate an organization's networks, systems and customer data, so the unsung heroes that are on the front-line defend those critical assets shouldn't either. The SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, is coming to the South Pacific with its signature security ...
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Qatar Petroleum to merge with international unit

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 6:21pm
(MENAFN) State-owned oil and gas giant Qatar Petroleum (QP) announced that it will absorb Qatar Petroleum International (QPI), in a move that suggests that authorities want to cons...
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Release of 2014 Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Examination Results and 2015 Joint Admissions Exercise for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 2:00am

The results of the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 12 January 2015.

School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 12 January 2015.

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 on 12 January 2015.

Joint Admissions Exercise

Students who wish to apply for Junior Colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute (MI), Polytechnics or the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may do so through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their GCE ‘O’ Level results.

The following groups of applicants are eligible to participate in the JAE:

  • All Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) with valid GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
  • International students studying in a Government School, Government-Aided School or Independent School in Singapore with valid 2014 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
Registration Process

JAE registration will open from 3.00 pm on Monday, 12 January 2015 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 16 January 2015.

Applicants are to submit their application online through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) at

  • Eligible applicants who sat for the 2014 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination will receive Form A on the day of the release of examination results. Form A will list:

    • The applicant’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results;

    • The courses which he/she is eligible to apply for under the JAE; and

    • His/her JAE-PIN (i.e. a personal password for the applicant to access JAE-IS).

  • Applicants are to complete the course application worksheet (provided in Form A or the JAE information booklet) before submitting the online application via the JAE-IS. Applicants who have completed their worksheet prior to logging on to the JAE-IS should be able to complete their applications on the JAE-IS in less than 15 minutes.

  • Applicants are required to use their NRIC number or FIN, together with the JAE-PIN that is provided in their Form A, to access the JAE-IS. A SingPass is not required.

  • Applicants are to provide a local mobile phone number during registration through JAE-IS if they wish to receive the results of their JAE application via Short Messaging System (SMS).

  • SC/SPR applicants, who did not sit for the 2014 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination, are required to use their NRIC and SingPass to access the JAE-IS. Alternatively, they may apply in person at MOE Customer Service Centre during the JAE registration period. To do this, applicants are required to bring along their original identity card, original GCE ‘O’ Level Examination certificate(s)/result slip(s) and Secondary School report book and/or CCA Certificate(s).

Application Fees

An application fee of $7 will be charged for the first application, and an additional $10 will be charged for amendment of choice(s) to the submitted application. Applicants are allowed to amend their submitted application only once. They are not required to make their fee payment online during the JAE period. All JAE application fees will be collected only after the exercise, by the institution (i.e. JC, MI, Polytechnic or ITE) that the applicant is enrolled in.

Results of Application

The posting results of the JAE application are tentatively scheduled for release on Thursday, 29 January 2015 through the following modes:

  • JAE-IS which is accessible through the JAE website;

  • SMS to the mobile phone number provided by applicant during registration

For more details on the JAE, applicants may refer to:

Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise

In addition, students can also participate in the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). The JPSAE complements the existing JAE, by allowing Polytechnics to consider applicants based on a broader measure of merit beyond academic performance in the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination. Through the JPSAE, Polytechnics may admit students who have demonstrated a strong passion or aptitude for the course applied for through work attachments and sustained involvement in course-related projects, or students with outstanding talents or achievements in leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, sports, and artistic and creative areas.

The selection criteria and mode for assessing applicants’ talents and achievements, which may include portfolios and interviews, will be determined by the respective Polytechnics. Only applicants assessed to be able to cope with the rigour of a diploma education are admitted.

The JPSAE will be conducted concurrently with the JAE. A student may apply to both JPSAE and JAE. Successful applicants may be offered a course under the JAE, and the same or another course under the JPSAE. Students who are offered courses under both JAE and JPSAE should accept only one of the two offers.

The posting results of the JPSAE are tentatively scheduled for release on Friday, 30 January 2015. More details on the JPSAE can be found at and on the respective Polytechnics’ websites.

Progression Pathways for Secondary Four Normal (Academic) Students The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who attempted the Normal (Academic) examinations in 2014 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points1 will be eligible to apply for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). The PFP is an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year. It is a one-year foundation programme at the Polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by Polytechnic lecturers.

On 12 January 2015, students eligible for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P from their respective secondary schools, inviting them to apply for the PFP. Each copy of Form P contains a unique password. Students should use the respective passwords to submit their applications online via the PFP website at

Application for the PFP will open from 2.00 pm on Monday, 12 January 2015 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 16 January 2015.

The PFP posting results will be released at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 through the PFP website. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept, reject or appeal for a change of course by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 22 January 2015. More details on the PFP can be found at

The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)

The final application phase for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) will open at 2.30 pm on Monday, 12 January 2015 and close before midnight on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Newly eligible students should submit their DPP applications online via the DPP application portal at

The DPP posting results for applications made under the final application phase will be released from 9.00 am on Thursday, 15 January 2015 onwards through the DPP application portal. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept or reject the DPP offer by 12 noon on Friday, 30 January 2015. More details on the DPP are available at

For successful PFP and/or DPP applicants

The last day of school for Secondary 5 students who have accepted a place in the PFP will be on 30 January 2015. Existing DPP students who have been offered and accepted a place in the PFP should apply for withdrawal from ITE. Students will be informed by the respective Polytechnics on the dates of enrolment for the PFP.

Students who have been offered a place in the DPP under the final application phase should report to ITE upon acceptance of their DPP course offer.

  1. The ELMAB3 aggregate comprises English Language (EL), Mathematics (MA), and the student’s three best other subjects. To be eligible for the PFP, students must also attain a minimum of Grade 3 in all subjects that make up the ELMAB3 aggregate. More information can be found at
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MOE Celebrates SG50 with Education Pioneers at Gardens by the Bay

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 2:00am

The Ministry of Education (MOE) invites our Pioneers and Seniors to celebrate SG50 with a large-scale tribute event, “MOE Celebrates SG50 with Our Pioneers and Seniors at Gardens by the Bay”, on 4 April 2015. The theme, “Living the Legacy, Sowing Seeds of the Future”, pays tribute to our pioneering educators and staff who have left an imprint on our education today and who continue to impact future generations of Singaporeans. Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, will be the Guest of Honour for the event, which is expected to draw more than 16,000 people.

The Pioneers and Seniors will be able to enjoy the day with their friends and family, take “A Walk Down Memory Lane”, and participate in a series of meaningful and fun-filled activities lined up for them. The event highlights include:

  • Complimentary admission to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Conservatories for all MOE Pioneers and Seniors, and one accompanying guest each1
  • Morning P.E. (exercise activities)
  • Student performances
  • Health awareness roadshow
  • Bazaar (e.g. healthy snacks, flower displays, books)
  • Fringe activities such as cooking demonstrations, caricature drawing, and photo booths

Mr Heng Swee Keat said, “This special event is to honour and express our deepest appreciation for our pioneer educators. They dedicated their lives to nurturing generations of Singaporeans. This firm grounding in education provided the basis for our success as a nation. I hope this will also inspire younger educators to build on this legacy and take our education to greater heights.”

All former and serving MOE pioneers and seniors (education officers and administrative staff who are 60 and above as at 31 December 2014) are invited to register for tickets to the Conservatories by 10 February. Registration is available at Please refer to the Annex for details on the programme. More details on the event are also available at the website.

We look forward to celebrating SG50 with our Pioneers and Seniors at this event. “MOE Celebrates SG50 with Our Pioneers and Seniors at Gardens by the Bay” is part of a year-long series of MOE Celebrates SG50 activities to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. MOE and schools will take part in various activities, which includes “Youth Celebrate!” and the mySG Trails and Exhibitions, to celebrate the shared values of Singaporeans and affirm aspirations for a brighter Singapore.

  1. Each registered pioneer and senior and an accompanying guest will be entitled to a meal voucher and a complimentary ticket to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Conservatories.
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Schools Celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 2:00am

Schools will commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee by taking part in various activities across the year in 2015 to celebrate the shared values of Singaporeans and affirm aspirations for a brighter Singapore. Through these activities, students will reflect on Singapore’s pioneering spirit and celebrate what makes us Singaporeans. There will also be opportunities for students to take the lead in showcasing their boundless creativity, imaginative aspirations and resolute commitment to contribute to Singapore’s future.

The celebrations will kick-off with the launch of the Jubilee edition of student publications The Straits Times Little Red Dot and IN by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, on the first day of school. Using these publications, teachers will work with students to recap milestone moments in Singapore’s history, celebrate its successes and significant moments, and reflect on the future they desire. These publications will build on other SG50 elements that will be incorporated in the 2015 curriculum through various subjects and Character and Citizenship Education.

Schools will also take part in ‘Youth Celebrate!’ - a showcase of youth achievement in sports, uniformed groups and performance arts. The highlights of the event include inter-school sports events, display band performance and two record-setting aquatic feats.

As schools commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, educators and the public will be joining in the celebrations too.

The public can look forward to activities such as mySG Trails and Exhibitions, where students will identify aspects of Singapore such as its people, places and developments that they wish to showcase in a creative and experiential way. The public can sign up for the trails with students as their guides.

Pioneer and senior educators will also be invited to a full-day celebration at Gardens by the Bay. They will enjoy school performances, take ‘A Walk Down Memory Lane’ and participate in the variety of activities lined up for them. There will also be a public exhibition to pay tribute to pioneer educators, and celebrate MOE’s journey over the past 50 years.

Please refer to Annex for the calendar of key SG50 education-related activities. For more information on MOE SG50 activities, please visit

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Successful 6th ASEAN Schools Games Come to a Close in Manila

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 27/01/2015 - 2:00am

After five days of competitions (1 - 5 Dec), the 6th ASEAN Schools Games (6th ASG) came to a successful close on 5 Dec, as 700 student-athletes and officials gathered for a Closing Ceremony held at the Marikina Sports Center, Manila, Philippines. The Singapore Schools contingent won a total of 39 medals - 10 Gold, 10 Silver, and 19 Bronze. Please refer to Annex A for breakdown of the medals won for each event.

At the Closing Ceremony, Hon. Federico Romero “Miro” S. Quimbo, Representative of 2nd District, Marikina City, said, “Over the years, the ASG has been a great platform in bringing together student-athletes from various countries in Southeast Asia. It is an honour for Philippines to host the ASG, which is not only an avenue for sports but also for friendship between the Southeast Asian nations.”

During the games, Singapore’s ambassador to the Philippines, Mr V.P. Hirubalan, visited the student-athletes to commend them for their participation and to affirm the importance of the ASG for regional integration. He said, “This event is a very good opportunity for our students to get to know their counterparts from other ASEAN countries. For Singapore, it is also a chance to fly our flag high, and by looking at the students’ faces here, they are really enjoying the event and are proud to represent Singapore.”

Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mrs Judina Cheong, said, “I am proud of our student athletes who have played their games well, achieved their personal best and displayed good sportsmanship. I appreciate our Officials and Coaches who have carried out their duties with dedication. They encouraged and looked after our athletes well. I am also grateful to our Singaporean parents who have come to support their children in their games.”

The student-athletes from the Singapore Schools contingent are from a total of 48 secondary schools and junior colleges. Selected based on their overall performance at the National School Games and other local and regional sports competitions, the budding young athletes were grateful for the chance to represent Singapore at the ASEAN level. Gold Medallist Lee Chyi Fang from the Wushu team is glad that Wushu was included in the ASG this year, as it provided her a platform to take part in a regional competition. She said, “It is an exciting experience for the Wushu team as our opponents are strong, but we stayed focused and did our best at the competitions. We also get to make friends with like-minded individuals in other ASEAN countries who share our same passion in Wushu.”

The ASG also allows the students to learn more about ASEAN, and experience how sports have brought ASEAN nations together. The competitions provided opportunities for students from different countries to interact and make friends, while learning about their cultures. At the Marikina Sports Complex, students also took part in an exhibition to learn about the sports icons of the various ASEAN countries. Deputy Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mr Mohamed Razali B Abdul Hamed said, “The ASG was conceptualised to not only promote youth sports development, but also enhance the ideals and spirit of ASEAN cooperation and solidarity. Hence, in every edition of the ASG, the cultural exchange programme plays a key role in enabling the participants to experience the culture, history and dynamism of the host country and its people.”

Mr Chan Thiam Huat, a parent who travelled to Manila to support his child, Prudence Chan from the Gymnastics team, noted the good exposure provided by the ASG. He said, “The ASG is Prudence’s first overseas competition. The experience will stand her in good stead for future overseas sports meets.”

Teacher-Coach from Sepak Takraw team, Mr Abdul Mutalib B Ab Rahaman, noted the high level of competition at the ASG, and commended the good showing by the team. He said, “I am very happy to see the boys putting what they have learned during our trainings into action at the Games. The team picked up valuable learning points in the process. I am confident that they will put up an even better performance for the 2015 games in Brunei.”

Student athlete James Leow from the Golf team has honed his leadership skills as the Captain of the team. James said, “Playing on a different course pushed us out of our comfort zone and we learnt the need to adapt quickly to play the game well. Through the competitions, I also get to meet players from other countries and pick up new strategies. As the team captain, I learnt the importance of encouraging our teammates not to give up, and to fight hard for every stroke.”

For more details, please visit the official ASG website.

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NUS, NTU Among Top 40 In FT’s Global MBA Ranking 2015

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 2:10pm
SINGAPORE — The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme has risen by one spot to rank 31st in the Financial Times’ (FT) Global MBA Ranking 2015, while the Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Business School has fallen by two places to rank 40th.
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Posting Results for the 2015 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE)

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 12:00am

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will release the posting results for the 2015 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) on Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 9:00 am. Results of the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) will be released on Friday, 30 January 2015, at 9:00 am. Applicants can obtain their posting results via the following channels:

  • The JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) is accessible through the JAE website at; and
  • Short Messaging System (SMS) text messages sent to the mobile phone number provided by the applicant during registration

Applicants posted to a Junior College (JC) or the Millennia Institute (MI) should report to these institutions on Friday, 30 January 2015, at 7:30 am. Applicants posted to a Polytechnic or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) course will receive further instructions via an enrolment package from the respective institutions by mail.


Applicants who wish to appeal for a transfer to another JC or the MI should approach the institution of their choice directly.

Those who wish to appeal for a place in a polytechnic diploma course or seek a transfer to another diploma course can do so via the Centralised Joint Polytechnic JAE appeal system at, from Friday, 30 January 2015, 9:00 am to Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 4:00pm. Every applicant submitting an appeal is allowed to select up to three polytechnic diploma courses for which they meet the minimum entry requirements (i.e. those listed in Form A), and attains an aggregate score that matches or is better than that of the lowest-ranked student successfully posted through the 2015 JAE1. The outcome of the JAE appeals will be released through the Centralised Joint Polytechnic JAE appeal website on Monday, 9 February 2015, at 2:00 pm. For more information on the appeals exercise, please refer to the Centralised Joint Polytechnic JAE appeal website.

Those who wish to appeal for a place in the ITE can do so at, from Thursday, 29 January 2015, 9:00 am to Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 11:59 pm. The outcome of the appeals will be available at from Monday, 23 February 2015, 9:00 am to Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:59 pm. Successful applicants are required to accept the offer by Thursday, 26 February 2015.

  1. Information on the aggregate scores of the lowest ranked students successfully admitted through the 2015 JAE for each polytechnic course will be made available on the Centralised Joint Polytechnic JAE appeal website on Friday, 30 January 2015, 9:00 am.
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President's Award for Teachers 2015 Open for Nominations

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 12:00am

The Ministry of Education (MOE) invites members of the public to nominate outstanding teachers for the President’s Award for Teachers 2015 (PAT). The award will be conferred by the President at the Istana on Teachers’ Day.

Now in its 18th year, the PAT recognises excellent teachers for their dedication and hard work in developing our young. A total of 66 teachers have received the award since it was introduced in 1998.

Nominees must be teachers who are dedicated to leading, caring and inspiring students to believe in themselves and be the best they can be. They must be reflective practitioners who demonstrate deep pedagogy. Besides leading in and contributing to the professional growth of other teachers, they must be role models for the teaching profession.

Nomination forms are available at all primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, Millennia Institute and MOE’s Customer Service Centre at 1 North Buona Vista Drive. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the website of the Academy of Singapore Teachers. Nominations may also be made online at the Academy’s website.

The closing date for nominations is 24 February 2015.

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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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