Northrop Grumman Engineers Mentor Students Competing in RobotX Unmanned Sea Battle

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 1:49am
SINGAPORE, Oct. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) is expanding its support for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across the globe by sponsoring the Maritime RobotX Challenge in Singapore, Oct. 20-26. Bringing together 15 teams of university students from five countries (United States, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia), RobotX challenges ...
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Islamic Education Fund to be made available to more needy students in Singapore

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 5:02pm
A scheme to finance Islamic education will be made available to more young Muslims
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BOC AT1 beats Asian record

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 3:00am
By Lianting Tu SINGAPORE, Oct 17 - Bank of China braved a weak market this week to sell a landmark US$6.5bn offering of Basel III-compliant Additional Tier 1 preference shares and, with it, open the door ...
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Why Singapore graduates aren't getting the right jobs

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 17/10/2014 - 6:49am
A university degree may no longer be the golden ticket to an ideal job in Singapore amid a growing pool of degree holders and fast-changing economy.
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'Sorceress' principal demoted to teacher

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 4:26pm
(MENAFN - Arab News) The principal of an elementary school has accused colleagues of leveling false charges against her which resulted in her demotion to a teacher's position.Majid...
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Ride at Elizabeth Walk

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 4:01pm
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) A tourist boat goes under the Nicoll bridge at Elizabeth Walk in Singapore yesterday. International visitor arrivals to Singapore in the first six months o...
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134 in 100000 people hit with cancer

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 3:57pm
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT Oct 15 (KUNA): The rate of contracting cancer in Kuwait according to statistics in 2012 is 134 cases per 100000 people in the population said Minister ...
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Fall Layers

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 3:46pm
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) This season's toppers come in all shapes colours and sizes. Think oversized coats pale pink jackets and classic denim jackets with a twist. Take your pick a...
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'NBO Golf Classic can grow further'

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 3:44pm
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The National Bank of Oman (NBO) Golf Classic has the potential to grow further with talks taking place between NBO and a top European Tour official in Musca...
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Omasco employees bag awards at Honda's Annual Skills Contest in Dubai

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 3:44pm
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Omasco Honda's exclusive authorised distributor in the sultanate is celebrating after walking away with three prestigious awards from the recent Honda Annua...
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Lulu hypermarkets to offer an assortment of sweets for Diwali

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 3:43pm
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) With Diwali the festival of lights just around the corner Lulu hypermarkets the region's largest retail chain is all set to celebrate this auspicious Indian...
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Global slowdown pulls back S'pore's Q3 growth

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 11:18am
Singapore's third-quarter economic growth was dampened by the lacklustre global economy, a sluggish property market and the nation's restructuring efforts
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NTU’s Nanyang Business School ranked top in Singapore for 11th year

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 8:15am
TODAY reports: The ranking by The Economist also placed Nanyang Business School as fourth best among Asian institutions and 66th internationally.
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Education costlier but business class flights cheaper for Asia's rich

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 1:03am
Throwing a wedding banquet at a top hotel in Singapore today would set you back 14 per cent more than last year, but getting a tailored men's suit for the big day will cost 8 per cent less now. Accor .....
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Parents from India and China are most demanding, says Julius Baer survey

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 14/10/2014 - 5:17pm
When it comes to tiger mums and dads, Singapore parents - at least the wealthy ones - are not in the same league as their more demanding counterparts from China and India
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S'pore's economy to benefit from improving global demand

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Tue, 14/10/2014 - 11:21am
Some parts of Singapore's economy such as the manufacturers and exports will benefit from the continued improvement in global demand, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) noted in its monetary policy statement on Tuesday morning
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The Third WISE Book, Learning {Re}imagined, Is Presented

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 13/10/2014 - 9:00pm
The new WISE publication investigates how technology is transforming learning across the globe The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative driving innovation and collaboration in education, has announced the publication of the third WISE Book, Learning {Re}imagined: How the Connected Society is Transforming Learning. Written by Graham Brown-Martin ...
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42 Secondary Schools Offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP)

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Thu, 25/09/2014 - 2:00am

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.

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Recognising Best Practices in Holistic Education

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 23/09/2014 - 12:00am

A total of 23 schools will be recognised for their efforts and achievements in delivering a holistic education to students at the Ministry of Education (MOE) Work Plan Seminar (WPS) on 23 September 2014.

Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in Normal Course

Bukit Batok Secondary School, Si Ling Secondary School, and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School will receive the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course. These schools had demonstrated innovation in teaching and learning, school management and organisation, as well as student development. This has led to significant benefits in the all-round development of their students in the Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Courses. Details of each school’s innovative approach are in Annex A.

Best Practices

Twenty schools will be recognised for 68 Best Practices in five key aspects - 18 for Teaching and Learning, 13 for Character and Citizenship Education, 15 for Student All-Round Development, 15 for Staff Well-Being and Development, and 7 for Partnership. These schools’ best practices are recognised for their effective programmes, processes, and systems that have led to good education outcomes for their students. Details of some of the schools’ effective practices and systems are in Annex B.

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Growing Our Teachers, Building Our Nation

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 23/09/2014 - 12:00am

Teachers play an important role in building our nation by bringing out the best in every child. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will further strengthen efforts to grow our teachers by providing opportunities at every stage and in every way to deepen their skills and expertise. Through this, MOE aims to strengthen a culture of learning among our teaching force, a culture of teachers growing teachers, and in the process, nurture a pipeline of teacher leaders who are accomplished in their profession and able to lead fellow educators.

Strengthening Training for Beginning Teachers and Deepening Mentoring Capacity in Schools

MOE will strengthen the support for the development of Beginning Teachers. Pre-service training at NIE and the subsequent mentoring for Beginning Teachers will be more tightly integrated. Beginning Teachers will be given more time and space to learn on the job, benefit from mentorship, and hone their craft.

MOE will strengthen the quality of mentoring in schools by:

  • Developing a course for all mentors to strengthen their mentoring skills; and
  • Strengthening manpower support for schools so that mentors have the space and time to coach their younger colleagues.
Growing Educators’ Expertise through Specialisation

MOE will create more opportunities for specialisation for teachers in the primary schools and support educators who want to deepen their expertise.

First, MOE will strengthen the expertise and skills of our lower primary (Primary 1 and 2) teachers in working with younger children. This could be through an inaugural NIE Advanced Diploma in Teaching Early Primary School Years, which began its run this August, or through a network learning community that has been set up for these teachers. Lower primary teachers will be better equipped to cater to younger students’ socio-emotional learning needs, and ease their transition from pre-school to primary education.

Second, MOE is moving towards subject specialisation in the teaching of primary English, Math and Science through the training and deployment of our primary school teachers. To develop deeper content mastery and pedagogical skills, MOE will provide support through in-service courses for content and skills-upgrading in English, Math and Science. The pre-service training for new primary school teachers will also be reviewed to focus on building a strong foundation in two subject areas instead of three. This will allow primary school teachers to develop deeper content mastery and more effective teaching methods so that they can design engaging lessons that lead to better learning for their students.

Third, MOE continues to enhance the knowledge and skills of our teachers, the Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support) [AEDs(LBS)] as well as educators in Special Education (SPED) schools in supporting students with special educational needs. This includes the implementation of a revised NIE programme in special needs for our teachers this March, and the NIE inaugural Advanced Diploma in Special Education in August for AEDs (LBS) and SPED educators.

Developing Teacher Leaders

To enable our more experienced teachers to continue to grow in their job, AST and schools will continue to facilitate various platforms and programmes such as Professional Learning Communities in schools and other cluster and zonal level learning platforms.

MOE will grow the Subject Chapters or professional networks established by the various teachers’ academies and language centres and led by a core team of the best and most inspiring Master, Lead, and Senior teachers and Specialists from MOE and NIE to further deepen the knowledge and skills of teachers in respective disciplines or learning domains. These learning networks enhance teachers’ curriculum depth, pedagogical skills and assessment literacy, and provide opportunities for teachers to share, collaborate and co-develop new and better ways of teaching.

To widen the reach and impact of highly skilled teachers in lifting up the practice of the entire teaching fraternity, MOE will continue to develop and appoint more Principal Master Teachers, Master Teachers, Lead Teachers, and Senior Teachers in recognition of their key roles in leading professional learning and in deepening the culture of teachers growing teachers. In this regard, MOE will work with schools and clusters to actively encourage more teachers to deepen their skills and take up these appointments.

Appointed Senior Teachers and Lead Teachers have the opportunity to attend Teacher Leaders Programme which is designed to further deepen their professional knowledge and skills. MOE will look to raising the apex grade for the teaching track to recognise the national role of Master Teachers in developing and raising the competencies of the entire teaching service.

MOE will continue to strengthen professional development opportunities and support our teachers to be lifelong learners, so that they too can be role models of lifelong learning for our students. With more skilful, caring and effective teachers in every school, we will be able to bring out the best in every child.

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