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S'pore and Zhejiang seal over US$2.3 billion worth of projects

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 25/11/2014 - 11:48am
Fifteen project agreements worth over S$3 billion (US$2
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S'pore falls to 15th place in ranking of best cities for undergraduates

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 25/11/2014 - 11:03am
Singapore has fallen 12 spots to 15th place in a ranking of the world's best cities for university students
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News Corp Expands into Fast Growing Digital Real Estate Sector in India

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 25/11/2014 - 5:09am
News Corp announced today that it has acquired a 25% stake in the parent company of, a leading digital real estate marketing platform in India, for US$30 million.
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Modified NAPFA Test for Pre-National Service Students from 2015

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 25/11/2014 - 2:02am

The National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) test was introduced in Singapore schools in 1982 at the secondary and pre-university levels, and in 1992 at the primary level. Currently, the NAPFA test comprises six test items to assess the different components of overall fitness. The six test items are customised for different age groups. For the post-secondary students, the test items are sit-up, pull-up (for males)/inclined pull-up (for females), sit-and-reach, standing broad jump, shuttle run and 2.4km run/walk.

From January 2015, the NAPFA pull-up test will be replaced by a push-up test for pre-National Service (NS) students in pre-university institutions1 , polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education. This will facilitate the use of the NAPFA test results for pre-enlistment purpose, in line with the modifications in the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) announced earlier by MINDEF2 .

The NAPFA test, with its six test items, will continue to provide a comprehensive indicator of students’ health- and performance-related fitness for MOE’s purpose of developing students physically. There will be no change to the NAPFA test items for all students at the primary and secondary levels, and for female students in pre-university institutions, polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education. Inclined pull-up and pull-up will continue to be used for this group to train upper body muscular strength and endurance.

The table below shows the NAPFA and new IPPT items with effect from 2015.

NAPFA test items for primary and secondary school students, and female students in pre-university institutions, polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education NAPFA test items for pre-NS students in pre-university institutions, polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education IPPT items (pilot from 1 Sep 2014, full implementation expected in 2015) Sit-Up Sit-Up Sit-Up Pull-Up (Male)/ Inclined Pull-Up (Younger Male/ Female) Push-Up (New) Push-Up (New) Sit-and-Reach Sit-and-Reach Standing Broad Jump Standing Broad Jump Shuttle Run Shuttle Run 2.4 km Run/walk / 1.6 km Run/walk (for primary school students) 2.4 km Run/walk 2.4 km Run About Physical Education Syllabus 2014

MOE’s new physical education (PE) syllabus is being introduced in stages from primary to pre-university level from 2014. The new syllabus aims to equip students with the ability to engage in a wide range of physical activities and sports. This will lay a strong foundation for a lifelong pursuit of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Physical fitness will continue to be emphasised through the new Holistic Assessment3 in PE, which will be introduced to all schools in 2016 to support the new PE syllabus. It will help students develop a holistic perspective of fitness and the enjoyment of exercise and sports. Students will track their fitness level, participation in sports, games, and other physical activities. In addition, students will design their own programmes to achieve their desired fitness levels for different purposes.

  1. This includes Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute.
  2. In July 2014, the Ministry of Defence launched a new Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), which comprises push-up and sit-up stations, and a 2.4km run.
  3. Holistic Assessment in PE does not count towards promotion to the next level.
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SkillsFuture Council Begins Work: Driving National Effort to Develop Skills for the Future

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 25/11/2014 - 2:02am

The SkillsFuture Council, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Tharman Shanmugaratnam, held its first meeting today. The Council will develop an integrated system of education, training and career progression for all Singaporeans, promote industry support for individuals to advance based on skills, and foster a culture of lifelong learning. The formation of the Council was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at this year’s National Day Rally.

DPM Tharman said, “Our future must be about mastery of skills, in every job, and enabling every Singaporean to develop themselves to the fullest. We are going to put full effort into this, and it involves everyone - Government, employers, unions and all of us as individuals.”

At its first meeting, the Council decided on four thrusts to drive this national effort:

i. Help individuals to make well-informed choices in education, training and careers
  • The Council will guide the development of a full system of guidance to help individuals make choices in education, training and their careers, starting from educational counselling in schools and extending throughout a person’s working life. It will foster collaboration between the Government, industry, and institutions, to provide individuals with exposure to a wide range of occupations and industries from young, and ongoing information on the changing needs of the labour market.
ii. Develop an integrated, high-quality system of education and training that responds to constantly evolving industry needs
  • The Council will review education and training to ensure that a sound and broad-based education for the young is complemented with a full menu of the continuous learning options, including opportunities to develop new specialisations. A panel of leaders from educational and training institutions will be appointed to support the Council in this effort.
iii. Promote employer recognition and career development based on skills and mastery
  • The Council will work with employers to design and implement a framework to enable individuals to advance by climbing skill ladders. Panels led by employers, and supported by unions and government agencies, will be appointed in each sector to develop this framework.
iv. Foster a culture that supports and celebrates lifelong learning
  • This will involve a long-term effort to respect every job for its skills, and value the achievements of individuals who attain mastery in their own fields. It will also promote the habit of learning throughout life, for work as well as for interest. The SkillsFuture Council will be supported by the community-led Lifelong Learning Council , which will promote practical ways to advance this culture.

Members of the high-level SkillsFuture Council include representatives from the government, industry, unions and employers, and educational and training institutions (see list of members in Annex). The members of the inaugural term of the Council have been appointed for two years.

The Council will take forward the key recommendations under both the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) and the Continuing Education and Training Masterplan (CET) 2020 (see illustration below). The Council will develop and drive initiatives to ensure an integrated system of learning, pre- and post-employment, for all Singaporeans. It will be a major, long term effort involving collaboration with all stakeholders, including employers, training providers, unions and individuals.

Changes to National Productivity and Continuing Education Council

The National Productivity and Continuing Education Council (NPCEC) was formed in April 2010 to oversee and drive national productivity efforts as well as develop a comprehensive first-class national CET system. With the formation of the SkillsFuture Council, the oversight of CET will be devolved from NPCEC to this new Council with effect from 1 November 2014. The NPCEC will be renamed as the National Productivity Council (NPC) to reflect its redefined scope. The NPC will continue to promote and support industry upgrading for higher productivity, including the development of industry-wide platforms to support business productivity. While skills advancement and industry upgrading complement each other strongly, they will each receive focused attention and energy through the work of the SkillsFuture Council and NPC respectively.

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New Work-Study Pathway for Graduates of Northlight School and Assumption Pathway School Starting From 2015

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 25/11/2014 - 2:02am

A new work-study pathway will be offered to the graduates of NorthLight School (NLS) and Assumption Pathway School (APS). The two-year work-study programme (named “NorthLight Academy” and “Assumption Pathway Academy” respectively) aims to equip these NLS and APS graduates with work-relevant skills and expertise through a combination of on-the-job training at the workplace and in-school learning to help them transit successfully from school to the workplace.

These programmes will cater to a group of NLS and APS graduates who are not yet ready to progress to further education at ITE or to start work independently at the workplace. This is part of MOE’s broader commitment to bring out the best in every child by providing different pathways that cater to different learning needs. The programmes will be offered to the 2014 cohort of Year 4 students in NLS and APS, who will participate in this programme organised by their respective schools. We expect to cater to a total of 90 NLS/APS graduates a year and will admit the first batch from February 2015.

The curriculum will comprise on-the-job learning at the workplace with on-site support by school personnel for three days a week, complemented with in-school learning modules for the remaining two days. Training will be aligned to the standards of the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications. Career coaching and counselling support will be provided to help them identify their strengths and career aspirations, and develop the requisite competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) that companies look for in potential employees.

Industry partners will create authentic learning opportunities for these NLS and APS graduates to build deep skills and expertise and eventually offer job placements if they perform well in their jobs. The industry partners include Metro Pte Ltd, Park Hotel Group, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PLC, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, Pastamania and Crossings Café.

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Education briefs: Summit High School students give international presentations for global conference

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 12:13pm
Four Summit High School students gathered in the school's media center late Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to give presentations in Spanish to people from around the world as part of the fifth annual Global Education Conference.
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Read, be more!

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 12:18am
NOVEMBER is the National Reading Month celebration feasted among private and public elementary and secondary schools. This has been officially declared by the Department of Education to give primary importance to reading, the basic ingredient to comprehension and learning across levels and disciplines. There are various activities held in schools to promote, develop, enhance,...
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200 Student-Athletes to Participate in the 6th ASEAN Schools Games Held in Manila from 29 Nov - 7 Dec 2014

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 12:00am

200 student-athletes will be representing the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) at the 6th ASEAN School Games (ASG) in Manila, Philippines, from 29 November to 7 December 2014. The student-athletes are from a total of 48 secondary schools and junior colleges. Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower, will be gracing the ASG as Vice-president of the ASEAN Schools Sports Council (ASSC).

Over 1,500 student-athletes from seven ASEAN nations, namely Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will be sending student-athletes to compete in a total of 11 sports, which will be held at various locations within Marikina City, Manila. These sports are Badminton, Basketball, Golf, Gymnastics, Sepak Takraw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wushu.

Through the ASG, the ASSC aims to promote ASEAN solidarity in youth while providing opportunities for school-athletes to benchmark their sporting talents with their ASEAN peers. Student-athletes will also be able to engage in cultural exchanges with other ASEAN student-athletes throughout the ASG.

The student-athletes from the Singapore Schools contingent were selected based on their overall performance at the National School Games, as well as other local and regional sports competitions. To participate in the ASG, athletes must be 18 years of age or younger on 1st January of the year of the Games and be full-time students in the participating ASEAN countries (Please refer to Annex A for information on the ASG and the ASSC, and Annex B for the list of student-athletes).

Mrs Judina Cheong, Principal, Hai Sing Catholic School, will be leading the Singapore Schools contingent. She is assisted by two Deputy Chef De Mission, Mr Mohamed Razali B Abdul Hamed, Principal, Pei Cai Secondary School, and Mdm Cheang Mei Heng, Principal, Serangoon Junior College. Singapore will also be supporting the games in the capacity of Chairman for the ASSC Technical Committee.

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Singapore moves to regulate taxi booking apps

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 9:40pm
Singapore on Friday announced new rules for mobile taxi booking apps, including US-based Uber, in the latest move by governments around the world to regulate the increasingly popular services.
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Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 presents a dazzling and dizzying selection with more than 60,000 pieces of ...

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 4:31pm
The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 officially opens its doors today, and is glittering up the halls of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the second year, until 26 October 2014. Having gathered around 200...
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News in brief

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 12:35am
P/$ RATE CLOSES AT P45.07/$1The peso exchange rate closed unchanged   at  P45.07  to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from  P45.07 the previous day. The weighted average  rate depreciated  to  P45.119 from  P45.054. Total volume amounted to  $465 million.PNOY HOPEFUL ON MORE INVESTORSPresident Benigno Aquino III, fresh from his trip from Singapore ...
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Release of the 2014 Primary School Leaving Examination Results

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 12:00am

Students collected their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results from their respective primary schools today.

Performance of 2014 Primary 6 Cohort 1

A total of 42,336 Primary 6 students sat for the PSLE this year. Among these students, 41,329 students (or 97.6%) are assessed suitable to proceed to secondary school. 66.4% are eligible for the Express course, 20.0% for the Normal (Academic) course and 11.2% for the Normal (Technical) course.

For the 1,007 students (or 2.4%) 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.

2014 Secondary One Posting Exercise

Students eligible to progress to secondary school received their Secondary One (S1) Option Form from their respective primary schools today. Students are to discuss their secondary school choices with their parents as they complete the 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 S1 Internet System (S1-IS). The S1-IS is available from 11.00 am today until 3.00 pm on 27 November 2014 through the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) S1 Posting website at

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 24 to 27 November 2014 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.

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 Friday, 19 December 2014. Students are to report to the secondary schools they are posted to on Monday, 22 December 2014 at 8.30 am.

  1. For information on children exempted from the Compulsory Education Act, please refer to the attached “Information Sheet on the 2014 PSLE Results of Students Exempted from Compulsory Education”.
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School textbooks renaissance urged

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 9:23pm
Textbooks should be upgraded and returned to their rightful place in the English classroom, says education minister Nick Gibb.
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1 in 3 Singaporean has sex less than once a month

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 2:09am
This is less than the once a week or once a fortnight frequency that most think is ideal, said Dr Colin Teo, Society of Men's Health Singapore (SHMS) president, basing this anecdotally ...
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NTU professors invent new method of identifying tumours in the body

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 1:18am
Singapore- Associate professors Zhang Qichun and Joachim Loo from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new way of detecting tumour cells, and administering anti-cancer drugs to those .....
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NTU professors invent new method of identifying tumours in the body

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 5:17pm
Singapore- Associate professors Zhang Qichun and Joachim Loo from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new way of detecting tumour cells, and administering anti-cancer drugs to those specific cells
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Would Najib ask all the 34 UMNO/BN Ministers who send their children to private or international schools, whether ...

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 10:25am
Malaysians must thank the former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad for highlighting the scandal of more and more Umno/BN Ministers and leaders sending their children to private or international schools, whether local or foreign, as it has been a standing example in the past decades of the hypocrisy of UMNO/BN leaders who preach one thing […]
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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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