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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.Footnote
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
New Work-Study Pathway for Graduates of Northlight School and Assumption Pathway School Starting From 2015
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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The results of the 2014 Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will be released on Friday, 21 November 2014. Students may obtain their result slips from their respective primary schools from 11.00 am on 21 November 2014.Submission of Secondary One Option
Eligible students will also 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 21 November 2014 to 3.00 pm on 27 November 2014 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 choices of secondary schools, decide on these choices and complete the option form before logging on to the S1-IS, so that they can complete their online submission smoothly.
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 21 November 2014; and 9.00 am to 3.00 pm on 24-27 November 2014.Release of Secondary One Posting Results
The S1 Posting Results will be released on Friday, 19 December 2014. 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 Monday, 22 December 2014 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 21 November 2014 until 12.00pm on 25 November 2014. 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 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 these students will be posted to another school of their choice if they are not admitted into Crest Secondary School or Spectra Secondary School. Students successfully admitted into Crest Secondary School or Spectra Secondary School will be informed by the schools via letter and SMS by 13 December 2014. 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”.
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Registration of Instructors Offering Co-Curricular and Enrichment Activities to Schools (Second Phase)
Instructors offering co-curricular and enrichment activities to schools are required to register with the Ministry of Education (MOE). The registration aims to help schools better assess the suitability of instructors in conducting the co-curricular and enrichment activities. The first phase for registration of instructors offering co-curricular and enrichment activities to schools was from March 2014 . From January 2015, schools will only engage instructors from the first phase who are registered with MOE.
The second phase for registration comprises instructors engaged for school-based co-curricular and enrichment activities (academic and non-academic) that are more than eight hours but fewer than twenty hours per contract (for example, one month of weekly three-hour sessions). From January 2016, all government, government-aided, independent, specialised independent and specialised schools will only engage the services of these instructors who are registered with MOE. This includes school contracts for instructor services that begin in 2016, as well as school contracts for instructor services that begin in 2015 and extend into 2016.
These instructors may apply to register with MOE from 1 January 2015. Application procedures are available at http://www.moe.gov.sg/coaches-instructors/index.php#application-registration. Instructors are encouraged to register in the first half of 2015.
Similar to the first phase for registration, the instructors will be holistically evaluated based on the following:
- Age (should be at least 18 years of age);
- Area of specialisation;
- Relevant qualifications and experience to the activity concerned (if available);
- Employment history;
- Registration with a relevant professional body (if available);
- Self-declaration form.
All applicants will be notified by email on the outcome about six to eight weeks upon receiving their completed application. Instructors’ registered status will be valid for two years. Instructors who wish to continue providing such activities are to re-apply for registration with MOE at least three months prior to the expiry of their registered status. For more information, please visit http://www.moe.gov.sg/coaches-instructors/ or email MOE_Instructor_Registration@moe.gov.sg.
42 Secondary Schools Offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP)
42 secondary schools are offering the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP). This programme will provide learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in science, mathematics and technology to solve real-world problems. By 2017, half of the 124 mainstream secondary schools will offer the STEM ALP to our students.
The objective of STEM ALP is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they learn in the curriculum and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills. The skills and competencies include:
- Scientific inquiry and literacy;
- Reasoning and problem solving;
- Design thinking;
- Computational thinking; and
- Data analysis and the use of technology
In addition, the STEM ALP provides students an early exposure to STEM-related applied learning and careers and helps to ignite students’ interest to pursue STEM-related courses in Institutes of Higher Learning, and a career in the STEM-related industries.
To support schools in developing and implementing quality STEM ALPs, MOE has partnered STEM Inc., a newly-established unit under the Science Centre Singapore comprising about 50 personnel. Some of STEM Inc.’s personnel also have industry experience, and will work with schools to create meaningful and enriching learning opportunities for students. Through the partnership with STEM Inc., MOE supports schools in the following areas:
- identifying and developing the school’s programme;
- co-developing lessons, resources and materials;
- co-teaching lessons; and
- facilitating partnerships between schools and industry partners to offer students opportunities to better understand the STEM industries.
The list of 42 secondary schools offering the STEM ALP is in Annex A.