Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Education of Singapore and the People's Republic of China
The Ministries of Education of Singapore (MOE) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on exchanges and cooperation in the field of education.
The first MOU between both ministries was signed in 1999 and had since been renewed twice in 2006 and 2009. This revised MOU covers bilateral educational cooperation at both the basic and higher education levels. Ongoing collaborations include the exchange of visits by officials, educators and students.
The revised MOU features one new and two enhanced collaborations:Attachment at Technical and Vocational Institutions
Under this new collaboration, up to 15 senior educators from each country will be given the opportunity to be attached to technical and vocational institutions in the other country. The short-term attachment may include co-teaching and serves to help senior educators understand the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector in Singapore and the PRC.Professional Development for PRC English Language Lecturers
In this enhanced initiative, the National Institute of Education will provide professional development through the Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) programme to 20 PRC English Language lecturers.Overseas Study-cum-Immersion Programme for Singapore’s Chinese Language Teachers
Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), in collaboration with the Academy of Singapore Teachers, will assist in organising an annual study-cum-immersion programme for 30 of Singapore’s Chinese Language teachers. The programme will include a school attachment which allows for lesson observations and the opportunity for teachers to experience teaching in Chinese classrooms.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be appointing 62 Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony for Principals, which will be held on 29 December 2015. Of these, 21 are newly-appointed Principals. (Please refer to Annex A for the details.)
Principals are key to shaping and strengthening the traditions and ethos of our schools. They lead and inspire teachers, and work with parents and the community in providing our students with holistic education.
The appointment is an important milestone for the 21 newly-appointed Principals as they assume major responsibilities as leaders in education. For the 41 serving Principals and HQ officers who are assuming new appointments, it is an affirmation of MOE’s confidence in their abilities to continue guiding our teachers and our young. The process of systematically appointing and rotating Principals allows schools to benefit from the infusion of fresh perspectives and enables experienced Principals to share best practices in support of ‘Every School, a Good School’. It also gives the Principals the opportunity to take on new challenges as part of their career development.
Mr Wong Siew Hoong, Director-General of Education, will present the Letters of Appointment to the Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony. The ceremony will also acknowledge the contributions of retiring Principals and Senior Education Officers from MOE HQ who had formerly served as Principals. Acting Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng, will grace the ceremony as Guest-of-Honour.
Students collected their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results from their respective primary schools today.Performance of 2015 Primary 6 Cohort
A total of 39,286 Primary 6 students sat for the PSLE this year. Among these students, 38,610 students (or 98.3%) are assessed suitable to proceed to secondary school. 66.2% are eligible for the Express course, 21.7% for the Normal (Academic) course and 10.4% for the Normal (Technical) course.
For the 676 students (or 1.7%) who did not qualify for the Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) courses, those who attempted the PSLE for the first time may re-attempt the PSLE in the coming year or apply to Assumption Pathway School (APS) or NorthLight School (NLS). Remaining students who have more than one attempt at PSLE will be preferentially offered a place in APS or NLS.2015 Secondary One Posting Exercise
Eligible students will receive option forms to select secondary schools when they collect their results slips. Students are to discuss their secondary school choices with their parents as they complete the Secondary One (S1) Option Forms. In every sealed S1 Option Form, there will be a unique S1 Personal Identification Number (S1 PIN) which can be used to submit the secondary school options online via the Secondary One Internet System (S1-IS). The S1-IS will be accessible from 11.00 am on 25 November 2015 to 3.00 pm on 1 December 2015 through the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) S1 Posting website at www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/secondary-one-posting/
Alternatively, the S1 Option Form can be submitted through the student’s primary school. Submission at the primary schools started today from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm; and will continue throughout 26 November to 1 December 2015 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, excluding weekends.
There are many different secondary schools to choose from. Some have unique programmes and others offer different educational paths, but they all seek to maximise the potential of every student that comes to them. When choosing secondary schools, students, in discussion with their parents, are encouraged to consider schools with learning environments suited to their learning needs and interests (e.g. Applied Learning Programmes, Learning for Life Programmes, and CCAs offered by the school), and the proximity of the school from their home, amongst other factors.
The S1 posting results will be released on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. Students are to report to the secondary schools they are posted to on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 at 8.30 am.Footnote
- For information on children exempted from the Compulsory Education Act, please refer to the attached “Information Sheet on the 2015 PSLE Results of Students Exempted from Compulsory Education”
The Ministry of Education releases data annually on the 10-year trend of the performance of our students. The objective is to provide feedback to the community on how our children have fared over the last 10 years.
Year-to-year fluctuations are to be expected as each batch of students is different, so it is more meaningful to focus on longer-term trends over 10 years.Summary: Overall 10-year Trend of Educational Performance (2005 - 2014) Percentage of Primary 1 (P1) Cohort that Progressed to Post-Secondary Education
The percentage of each P1 Cohort that progressed to post-secondary education has improved steadily over the last 10 years (from 90% in 2005 to 96% in 2014).Performance in National Exams
A-Level. At the A-Level, the overall percentage of students with at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has improved over the last 10 years, from 87% in 2005 to 91% in 2014. The percentage of A-Level students who passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has remained high, at above 90%.
O-Level. The overall percentage of students with at least three and five O-Level passes have remained stable over the last 10 years. The percentage of O-Level students who passed English Language has increased over the last 10 years (from 86% in 2005 to 88% in 2014).
PSLE. PSLE results have remained stable over the last 10 years, both in terms of overall percentage of passes and the percentage of PSLE students who scored A*-C in each subject.Detailed Description of Charts
The following charts for the last 10 years (2005 - 2014) are attached:
- A chart on the percentage of each P1 cohort that progressed to post-secondary education1.
- Three sets of charts showing the performance of the major ethnic groups in the A- and O-Level Exams and the PSLE2.
The percentage of A-Level students who obtained at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has increased over the last 10 years (from 87% in 2005 to 91% in 2014). See Chart B1.Performance by Subject
The overall pass rates in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 90%. See Charts B2 and B3.Performance In O-Level (Charts C1 - C5) Performance by Overall Measure
The percentage of O-Level students with at least 3 O-Level passes has remained high, at around 95%, while the percentage with at least 5 O-Level passes has remained above 80%. See Charts C1 and C2.Performance by Subject
The overall pass rates for English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics have remained high and are comparable with the previous years (above 85%, 95% and 85% respectively). See Charts C3 - C5. The percentage of O-Level students who passed English Language has increased over the last 10 years (from 86% in 2005 to 88% in 2014).Performance In PSLE (Charts D1 - D5) Performance by Overall Measure
PSLE candidates continued to perform well, with an overall percentage pass rate of above 95%. See Chart D1.Performance by Subject
The overall percentage of PSLE students who scored A-C in English Language and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 95%, while the percentage who scored A-C in Mathematics and Science has remained above 80% and around 90% respectively. See Charts D2 - D5.Footnotes
- The percentages are based on students who were enrolled in P1 10 years ago.↩
- The percentages are based on school candidates who sat for the respective exams.↩
- Junior colleges, Centralised Institute, Polytechnics, ITE, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and other private education institutions, and take into account students who have left the country.↩
In our continual joint efforts to raise the quality of teachers in Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) are enhancing and expanding the scope of the current 1-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Programmes.
As social-cultural, geo-political, and technological changes add new demands on education, to develop our students to be 21st century learners, we continue to need teachers who are both skilful and committed, with strong professional grounding and greater adaptability to meet the evolving challenges of the modern-day classroom. Teachers need to reflect and think critically about their profession and their practice in light of these changes. This can only be achieved if teachers have deep understanding of learners, strong content and pedagogical mastery, and the ability to apply theory and research to their practice..
While the current 12-month PGDE has prepared Beginning Teachers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to manage their responsibilities, to better respond to the changing needs in education, it will be extended from the current 12 months to 16 months.
With this extension, the key enhancements to the PGDE programmes will include an additional 4-week Teaching Practice, and greater coverage of topics for deeper understanding of learners and learning. There will be new courses on teachers’ roles as form tutor and to build their capabilities for deeper engagement with parents. Another new course, “Singapore Kaleidoscope”, provides a rich, multi-faceted perspective on Singapore, acquainting pre-service teachers with our natural and cultural heritage, and deepening their appreciation of Singapore’s position in the world.
The extended programmes will bring about enhancements in the scope and depth of the teacher preparation coverage, and to the programme structure. They are aimed at preparing teachers who are well guided by their professional ethos, strong in pedagogical content knowledge, and better prepared professionally for the many demands of teaching.
By deepening and expanding the scope of the PGDE programmes in these ways, our teachers will have stronger professional grounding to better meet the needs of our diverse learners. The additional time and space allows a more immersive approach to teacher preparation and more opportunities for practice. The enhanced programmes will also cover in-depth educational psychology and subject-specific pedagogical knowledge and skills which will provide pre-service teachers with a deeper understanding of students’ psyche. This will allow them to better engage and support students in their development and learning.
The first cohort of the extended PGDE will be matriculated at the end of 2016. This will apply to the primary, secondary and junior college general tracks, as well as the specialisation tracks in mother tongue, art and music. The only exception is the PGDE Physical Education Programme, which is already a 2-year programme.
Director-General of Education, MOE, Mr Wong Siew Hoong, said: “The extended PGDE will give pre-service teachers the time and space to imbibe our professional ethos, deepen their pedagogical content knowledge, and strengthen their classroom practice. This is aligned with the Ministry’s and NIE’s aim to develop teachers who are not only grounded in their professional competencies, but are reflective and capable of inquiring into their own practice so that they will continue to grow as a teacher throughout their teaching career. All these will uplift the quality of teaching and learning in our classrooms, strengthen our work with our students and help our students develop competencies needed for the future.”
Professor Tan Oon Seng, Director of NIE, shared: “The PGDE extension is in line with NIE’s emphasis on quality and innovation as we prepare teachers for a more complex world. The additional investment allows for better consolidation of professional learning and thinking as well as opportunities for deeper immersion into practice. With more time, pre-service-teachers are also able to engage in more collaborative activities, develop stronger collegial bonds and build peer learning communities for longer term professional growth.”
The results of the 2015 Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will be released on Wednesday, 25 November 2015. Students may obtain their result slips from their respective primary schools from 11.00 am on 25 November 2015.Submission of Secondary One Option
Eligible students will receive option forms to select secondary schools when they collect their results slips. Students are to discuss their secondary school choices with their parents as they complete the Secondary One (S1) Option Forms.
In every sealed S1 Option Form, there will be a unique S1 Personal Identification Number (S1 PIN) which can be used to submit the secondary school options online via the Secondary One Internet System (S1-IS). The S1-IS will be accessible from 11.00 am on 25 November 2015 to 3.00 pm on 1 December 2015 through the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) S1 Posting website at www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/secondary-one-posting/.
Students, in discussion with their parents, are advised to first consider their secondary school choices, decide on these choices and complete the option form before logging on to the S1-IS. This will help to facilitate the smooth completion of their online submission.
Alternatively, the option form can be submitted through the student’s primary school. Submission at the primary schools can be made during the following timeslots: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm on 25 November 2015; and 9.00 am to 3.00 pm on 26, 27, 30 November 2015 and 1 December 2015.Release of Secondary One Posting Results
The S1 Posting Results will be released on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. The posting results can be accessed through any of the following channels:
- Short Message Service (SMS) via a local mobile number (if provided by the applicant during the application process)
- S1-IS at www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/secondary-one-posting/
- At the child’s primary school
Students are to report on 23 December 2015 at 8.30 am to the secondary schools they are posted to.
More information on the S1 Posting Exercise and S1-IS is available at MOE’s S1 Posting website or in the information booklet entitled “Choosing Your Secondary Schools” previously distributed to the Primary 6 students. For enquiries, parents can call the MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872 2220 on weekdays from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturdays.Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School
Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School are specialised schools that admit students eligible for the Normal (Technical) course. The schools offer a customised whole-school approach to suit the learning needs of its students. Apart from offering English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics as part of a four-year Normal (Technical) secondary school education, students in Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School will be able to specialise in one of four ITE Skills Certificate courses at the upper secondary level, namely Hospitality Services, Retail Services, Facility Services and Mechanical Servicing.
Students who are eligible for the Normal (Technical) course and interested to study in Crest Secondary School or Spectra Secondary School should apply directly to these two schools from 11.00am on 28 November 2015 until 12.00pm on 30 November 2015. Students are required to submit a single application form to their preferred school (out of these two schools) and can indicate whether they are willing to be considered for posting to the other specialised school if they are not admitted into their preferred school. Separately, these students are still required to indicate their choices for other secondary schools under the S1 Posting Exercise. This would ensure that those who are not admitted into Crest Secondary School or Spectra Secondary School can be posted to another school of their choice in a timely and seamless manner. Students successfully admitted into Crest Secondary School or Spectra Secondary School will be informed by the schools via letter and SMS by 15 December 2015. Application forms for these two schools will be available from primary schools when students receive their results, or from these two schools’ websites (http://www.crestsec.edu.sg and http://www.spectra.edu.sg). More information on Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School can be found on the schools’ websites or the information booklet entitled “Choosing Your Secondary Schools”.