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National Honours for Inspirational Young Educators

Five young teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA) from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony on 9 July 2014. They are:

  • Miss Gidwani Poojalal, 31, from Haig Girls’ School;
  • Mdm Nur Ain Binte Ahmad, 34, from Park View Primary School;
  • Ms Lin Xiaojun, 28, from Chestnut Drive Secondary School;
  • Mr Mohamed Ashiq Bin Mohamed Elias, 34, from Pasir Ris Secondary School; and
  • Miss Khairiah Bte Hairoman, 34, from Peirce Secondary School.

Selected from 14 finalists, the five winners strongly believe that education is about nurturing the child holistically. They have sought to nurture all-rounded individuals through their lessons and interaction with students. These teachers have also distinguished themselves by adopting innovative approaches both in and outside the classroom, as well as demonstrating dedication in stretching their students’ potential. Please refer to Annex A for more information on the award winners.

The OYEA is a national award that recognises young teachers for their commendable enthusiasm, energy and active involvement in youth development. Since its inception in 1999, 49 outstanding young educators, including this year’s winners, have received the award.

The OYEA winners were selected by the OYEA Selection Panel, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Education, the National Institute of Education, and the National Youth Council. A total of 4,549 nominations from the schools and members of the public were received for 911 teachers from 216 schools in 2014.

Besides honouring the achievements of young educators, OYEA aims to inspire youths that teaching is a fulfilling profession. Besides receiving a trophy and citation certificate, all the OYEA winners will be fully sponsored to attend an overseas professional development programme. The list of the 2014 finalists and details of OYEA are in Annex B.

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President's Award for Teachers 2014

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 12:00am

Five outstanding teachers received the 2014 President’s Award for Teachers (PAT) from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana during the Teachers’ Day Reception on Friday, 29 August 2014. They are :

  • Mdm Lim Yen Peng Linda, Chongzheng Primary School;
  • Miss Rezia Rahumathullah, Da Qiao Primary School;
  • Miss Sim Lucy, Guangyang Primary School;
  • Miss Wong Yoke Chan Wendy, Geylang Methodist School (Secondary); and
  • Dr Muhammad Nazir Bin Amir, Greenview Secondary School.

The PAT 2014 award winners are caring and nurturing teachers dedicated to the holistic development of their students. They are committed to developing their students to the fullest potential and adopt innovative approaches in their lessons. As role models, these teachers are life-long learners and mentors to their peers. More information on each recipient is in Annex A.

This year, a total of 7,819 nominations for 2,791 teachers were received from school leaders, teachers, parents, former students and students. The five recipients were selected from a list of finalists by a panel chaired by Mr Lim Biow Chuan, Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, and comprising prominent community members and senior officials from the Ministry of Education. The nomination criteria and list of the 13 PAT 2014 finalists are in Annex B.

Introduced in 1998, the PAT is administered by the Academy of Singapore Teachers. The objective of PAT is to recognise excellent teachers for their critical role in educating the young people of our nation. These teachers inspire their students and peers, through their words and deeds. Since its inception, 66 outstanding teachers, including this year’s recipients, have been recognised.

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AECC Global Now Expanding Beyond Australia

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Rather than focusing solely on promoting their operations within Australia, AECC Global has begun taking their message of high quality education to offices around the globe, and offering their consulting service to students in need from other locations. (PRWeb August 28, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/education-consultants/aeccglobal/prweb12128487.htm
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Can Modi unshackle Indian genius?

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Rajeev Srinivasan on how India has continued to disappoint, but could outdo Singapore one day.
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Celebrate all workers regardless of how far they go

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Monday's #sgroundup: White tiger at S'pore zoo put down

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Government accepts ASPIRE committee recommendations

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The recommendations aim to give every Singaporean the opportunity to “realise their potential and progress in life, no matter what their starting point”, the committee says.
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550 Pre-University and Polytechnic Students To Share Singapore Stories

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Mon, 25/08/2014 - 2:00am

Some 550 students from 30 pre-university institutions, including Junior Colleges, the Centralised Institute, and Polytechnics will come together at the Pre-University Seminar 2014.

The theme for the Pre-University Seminar is “Many Stories, One Future”. The seminar will be held from 2 to 5 June 2014 at the National University of Singapore. The theme invites participants to focus on the authentic stories of Singaporeans from different sectors and walks of life. Students will interact and connect with Singaporeans from diverse backgrounds by visiting people, organisations and places of interest. This focus on stories will encourage young people to connect with others and become more aware of the diversity of needs and aspirations of fellow Singaporeans. Students will present their insights to fellow participants and guests on the experiences, needs and aspirations, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing Singapore. They will also contribute ideas on building the Singapore they would like to see.

Pre-University Seminar Highlights Project: The Story

This year’s Seminar will encourage student collaboration, imagination and involvement. Students are grouped by sub-themes and each group must discover and explore a part of the “Singapore Story” by doing the following four components:

Field Work

Each group of participants will visit people, organizations or places of interest related to their sub-theme. During the field work, participants will have the opportunity to interact and connect with Singaporeans from different backgrounds and learn about their experiences. These glimpses into the lives of Singaporeans, whom the participants may otherwise have not encountered, will deepen their understanding of what it is to be a Singaporean. It will also help them to better appreciate the challenges of building an inclusive society, which provides for a diversity of needs and aspirations.

Forum Discussion

Each discussion will:

  • focus participants’ findings from their Field Work;

  • involve three panelists, selected for their specific area of expertise;

  • be moderated by Teacher-Facilitators, with the assistance of the Student Liaison Officers. This will ensure that all participants and panelists are given the opportunity to take part in the discussion meaningfully.

The Story

Participants will share the experiences of the people they meet in an informative and engaging manner through a creative medium. This can take the form of a photo-journal display, an interview, a performance piece or any medium that the groups think is feasible and effective.

Reflections

The members of each team will write their reflections on the implications of the Story they are sharing. The process will be facilitated by guiding questions to allow teams to share:

  • an analysis of the issues revealed by the Story;

  • an examination of participants’ personal response to these issues; and

  • a team pledge committing each member of the team to make a positive change in the way they live as citizens.

Please refer to the Annex for the sub-themes and guiding questions.

Carnival@Closing

This year’s closing ceremony will be a carnival celebrating both the participants’ creative expressions and the lives of Singaporeans. In keeping with the carnival spirit, participants and guests will freely mingle and interact at the various booths.

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Better Choices, Deeper Skills, Multiple Paths: Government Accepts ASPIRE Committee's Recommendations

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Mon, 25/08/2014 - 12:00am

The Government accepts the recommendations of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) Committee 1 to further strengthen Singapore’s applied education pathways, provide more opportunities for Singaporeans to realise their full potential and aspirations, and to support better alignment of the supply of and demand for skills, so that Singapore will continue to prosper and be a land of hope and opportunity for everyone in the years ahead.

The ASPIRE recommendations were set out in broad strokes by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his 2014 National Day Rally speech. They are centred on:

  • Choices: Helping students make better education and career choices, both in school and beyond graduation;

  • Skills: Creating more opportunities for polytechnic and ITE students and graduates to grow the skills they need, to excel in the career they choose to pursue;

  • Paths: Building more paths that will allow polytechnic and ITE graduates to progress in their careers by developing their skills.

Better Choices:
Helping students make better education and career choices

The government will provide more support for Singaporeans to make informed education, training and career choices, through the provision of more resources for education and career guidance (ECG) in schools, polytechnics and ITE, and a national ECG framework.

  • ECG officers for schools, polytechnics and ITE - There will be one ECG officer for every few secondary schools and junior college/centralised institute, piloting this next year with about 40 to 50 schools and junior colleges, and three to five ECG officers in each polytechnic and ITE college.

  • New ECG programme - A new ECG programme covering areas such as personal management and career exploration will be developed for the polytechnics and ITE. This will be delivered through classroom activities, workshops, seminars and visits.

New ECG training courses

A new Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling by Republic Polytechnic will be launched in October 2014. This will give ECG officers, and other individuals who are interested in developing the skills and knowledge needed to provide education and career counselling, the opportunity to do so.

One-stop ECG portal

In addition, to provide individuals with access to relevant ECG tools and information, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency will build on the Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP) pilot project to develop a one-stop online ECG portal that will be accessible to all Singaporeans, including students and working adults.

Deeper Skills:
Creating more opportunities for polytechnic and ITE students and graduates to grow the skills they need, to excel in the career they choose to pursue.

The Government will invest further in the polytechnics and ITE to strengthen their model of applied education.

Enhanced Internships and more Higher Nitec places

From 2015, polytechnics will pilot enhancements to internships in selected sectors, starting with the Built Environment, Early Childhood Education, Hotel Operations and Management, and Marine and Offshore Engineering sectors. MOE will also increase the number of Higher Nitec places, starting with 100 additional places primarily in Engineering and Info-communication courses in 2015.

Sector Leads

MOE will work with polytechnics and ITE to identify lead institutions for key industry sectors, starting with Singapore Polytechnic for food technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic for marine and offshore engineering, and Republic Polytechnic for logistics.

For each sector, the designated lead polytechnic and a partner ITE college will coordinate efforts across all institutions by working with stakeholders to strengthen linkages with the industry and enhance programme offerings.

More online learning resources

The polytechnics and ITE will also develop more online learning resources and developmental programmes to support their students’ learning and development.

Place-and-Train programmes

The Government will provide polytechnic and ITE students with more opportunities to deepen their skills after graduation, and better support their transition into the workforce.

Starting in 2016, Place-and-Train programmes will be launched for fresh polytechnic and ITE graduates in sectors which require deeper skills training. These programmes will be designed in collaboration with industry to ensure their relevance to industry. Graduates on such programmes will be salaried employees, and can potentially receive higher pay upon completion of the programme if they perform well and take on larger job scopes. They will also receive an employer-recognised skills certification.

As a start, ITE will offer their graduates place-and-train diploma programmes in emergency medical technology (or para-medicine), marine and offshore engineering, hotel & restaurant management, pastry and bakery, and environmental engineering. The polytechnics will offer post-diploma place-and-train programmes, such as Specialist or Advanced diploma programmes in aerospace, biologics, marine and offshore engineering, built environment, info-communications technology, and logistics.

Subsidies for post-diploma courses

More support will be provided for polytechnic graduates to take up their first post-diploma courses. While current course modules leading to a post-diploma certificate are offered on a part-time basis, the polytechnics will restructure some of these courses to offer an additional full-time option so that they can be completed within a shorter duration. Subsidies will also be increased to 90% of course fees, from the current 85%, for those taking up their first post-diploma certificate in selected courses, two or more years after completion of the programme. The first of these new courses leading to a post-diploma certificate, likely in the areas of engineering and info-communications technology, will be launched in October 2015.

Multiple Paths:
Building more paths that will allow polytechnic and ITE graduates to progress in their careers by developing their skills

The Government will work with employers, industry associations, and unions to develop sector-specific skills and progression frameworks for key sectors. We will also work with the universities, polytechnics, ITE and other training providers to offer industry-recognised modular courses that individuals can take to build up their skills in a targeted manner.

Conclusion

The Government believes that the ASPIRE recommendations will further strengthen Singapore’s applied education landscape, and provide more opportunities for Singaporeans to realise their full potential, so that Singapore will continue to be a land of hope and opportunity for everyone in the years ahead.

A concerted national effort, involving not only government agencies and education institutions, but also private sector employers, industry associations, unions and other key stakeholders, will be required to bring about the changes proposed. Besides the establishment of the Tripartite Committee chaired by DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam to drive these efforts, the Government, as an employer, will also do its part to create more opportunities for polytechnic and ITE graduates in the Public Service.

The Government would like to express its appreciation to the ASPIRE Committee and each of its members for their contributions and hard work. We are committed to working together with all stakeholders in society to build multiple pathways to success in work and life for all Singaporeans.

Background to the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE)

At the official opening ceremony of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Headquarters in November 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the need to strengthen the applied education pathways in the polytechnics and ITE to better provide graduates with good career and academic progression prospects. The ASPIRE Committee, chaired by Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, was set up in January 2014 to study this.

Footnote
  1. The executive summary of ASPIRE Committee’s recommendations is at Annex A.
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No extra hurdles for overseas law grads in Singapore

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 1:29am
Overseas law graduates who earn a second-lower honours degree will continue to be allowed to practise in Singapore without having to cross extra hurdles, despite a predicted glut of lawyers here. But .....
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Singapore hopes to work with new India government, says Lee

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 1:29am
Singapore hopes to work with India in the areas of urban and port development, water and sewage projects, as well as education and training, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday night. He no .....
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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

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"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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