Education

Start of 2015 School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans

School Placement Exercise

The 2015 School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS) is open for registration from 8 July 2015 for Singaporean children who are returning from overseas and wish to join our secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) or Millennia Institute (MI) at the beginning of academic year 2016. The registration can be done online at the following links:

SPERS is a centralised placement exercise held at the end of the year for Returning Singaporeans (RS). With SPERS, Singaporean parents working abroad can look forward to easier re-entry into the mainstream school system for their children when they return to Singapore. RS children will only need to sit for one set of centralised SPERS tests for school admission.

RS children seeking admission to Secondary (Sec) 1 to 3 in 2016 can take the SPERS-Sec tests on 29 September 2015. RS seeking admission to Pre-University (Pre-U) 1 can take the SPERS-JC/MI tests on 18 November 2015. As Sec 4 and Pre-U 2 are national examination years, RS generally would not re-join at these levels. Applicants will receive their school placement results in December 2015 and will be able to join our secondary schools and JC/MI at the start of the school term in early 2016.

Supplementary Placement Exercise

For RS who are unable to return in time to take the SPERS-Sec tests in late September 2015, MOE will also conduct a Supplementary Placement Exercise in December 2015 to facilitate their admission into our secondary schools. The centralised tests for the Supplementary Placement Exercise will be held in mid-December 2015 and applicants will receive their school placement results in early February 2016 for school admissions from February 2016. Registration for the Supplementary Placement Exercise will open in October 2015.

While RS can choose to take part in either the SPERS-Sec or the Supplementary Placement Exercise, RS are advised to register for SPERS-Sec if they are able to return in late September as their children would benefit from starting the academic year 2016 in January together with their peers.

Information/Registration Website

Details of the 2015 SPERS-Sec, SPERS-JC/MI and the Supplementary Placement Exercise can be found in the Annex. For more details and registration, please refer to the MOE website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/returning-singaporeans/ or contact us at the following:

MOE Customer Service Centre
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Tel: 6872 2220
Email: MOE_RETURNHOME@MOE.GOV.SG

RS who are unable to participate in the centralised placement exercises may wish to refer to the MOE website or contact MOE for other options for school admission.

RS seeking admission to primary schools may approach MOE at any time of the year for assistance. MOE will offer the RS a place in a primary school with vacancies near the child's home at a level appropriate for the child's age cohort. The RS will not have to sit for any placement test for admission, although the primary school may conduct assessment tests after admission to ascertain the child's current attainment level and provide the appropriate assistance to help the child settle into the school.

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OYEA 2015 - National Honours For Inspirational Young Educators

In recognition of their inspiring teaching and unwavering dedication to their students, six 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 Monday, 6 July 2015. They are:

  • Miss Tan Winnie, 31, from Bendemeer Primary School;
  • Miss Priyadakshini d/o Surendiran S, 30, from Punggol Primary School;
  • Mr Hazelman Norhafis, 32, from Changkat Changi Secondary School;
  • Mdm Premlatha d/o Selvaraj, 33, from Greenview Secondary School;
  • Miss Low Duo Jia Dorcas, 27, from Serangoon Garden Secondary School; and
  • Mr Tan Chin Guan, 32, from Hwa Chong Institution.

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, 55 outstanding young educators, including this year’s winners, have received the award.

Selected from 13 shortlisted finalists, the six 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 winners were selected by the OYEA Selection Panel, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Education, NIE, the National Youth Council, and COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools (COMPASS). A total of 3,227 nominations from the schools and members of the public were received for 842 teachers from 232 schools in 2015.

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 details of OYEA and the list of the 2015 finalists are in Annex B.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Classroom Memories

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is organising an SG50 exhibition titled “Good Morning ‘Cher: Our Schools, Our Teachers, Our Stories” from July to August 2015. Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, will launch the exhibition at Changi City Point on 11 July 2015. The exhibition, a key MOE SG50 commemorative event, will then travel to the west, north and southern parts of Singapore to reach out to more Singaporeans.

The exhibition will take visitors on a journey, drawing a link between the past and present, as well as inspire hopes for the future. Filled with interesting school memorabilia, artefacts, photographs, stories and interactive elements, the exhibition showcases Singapore’s education journey over the last 50 years. Visitors will have a chance to relive some of their most nostalgic memories of their school days.

The exhibition is a reflection of and an appreciation of the efforts of our pioneering educators. It is also a tribute to our teachers today. Visitors are also encouraged to pen their thoughts for the future, on what they hope our schools would be like in 2065.

The exhibition is centred around five main themes (Annex A):

  • Bringing Out the Best in Every Child;
  • Getting the Foundations Right;
  • Creating a Common Experience;
  • Bringing Up the Whole Child; and
  • Creating Hope and Opportunity.

Mr Heng Swee Keat said, “This exhibition is a tribute to our teachers and school leaders - their dedication and resourcefulness shaped generations of students over the last 50 years. I am sure this exhibition will evoke Singaporeans’ fond memories of their good old school days, and inspire all of us to continue to bring out the best in every child.”

Highlights of the Exhibition

Schools in the locality will also be showcasing their innovative programmes at the exhibition. Visitors can participate in various hands-on activities demonstrated by our students. These include using QR codes to learn about animals, learning to weave ‘ketupat’ and practising Chinese calligraphy. Please refer to Annex B for more details on the schools’ exhibits.

Visitors can also look forward to a photography display, “Our Schools, Our Stories”. Students from over 100 schools across the country took part in the project to share a slice of their school life - from shots of morning flag-raising, to recess in the tuckshops and classroom moments with teachers, classmates and friends. The project showcases the variegated landscape of schools and school experiences across the country.

Visitors will also be treated to several interactive elements at the exhibition such as booths where they can search for their school songs. Visitors who complete the activity card stand a chance to redeem a limited edition goodie bag. The goodie bags are while stocks last.

Exhibition Details

Admission to the exhibition is free. The details are as follows:

Venue Date Guest-of-Honour Time Changi City Point
Basement Atrium 10 to 12 July 11 July:
Mr Heng Swee Keat
Minister for Education 12pm to 9pm Westgate
Basement 1 Event Hall 24 to 26 July 25 July:
Ms Sim Ann
Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information Ang Mo Kio Hub
Basement 1 Exhibition Hall 14 to 16 August 15 August:
Mr Hawazi Daipi
Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower Suntec City Mall
West Atrium 28 to 30 August 29 August:
Ms Indranee Rajah
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education
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Day of National Remembrance declared for Singaporeans killed in the Sabah Earthquake

The Prime Minister is deeply saddened by the deaths of eight Singaporeans in the earthquake at Mount Kinabalu. They were one teacher and six pupils from Tanjong Katong Primary School on an overseas learning trip, plus one adventure guide. One teacher and one student are still missing.

On behalf of all Singaporeans, the Prime Minister expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to their families and loved ones. As we grieve over the loss of these young lives, we also take heart that they were striving to stretch their limits and take on new challenges.

The Prime Minister also thanks all those who are working tirelessly in the search, rescue and recovery efforts - the Malaysian authorities, the search and rescue teams, the hospital staff, and all the officers and volunteers who are helping in one way or other in Sabah and Singapore.

Monday, 8 June 2015 will be a Day of National Remembrance. State flags on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.

We hope that this collective expression of sympathy and support from all Singaporeans will give solace and comfort to the families and loved ones of the victim.

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
SINGAPORE

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Cherishing our Past, Celebrating our Present and Creating our Future

The theme for this year's Pre-University Seminar is "Cherishing Our Past, Celebrating Our Present, Creating Our Future". Some 550 students from 30 pre-university institutions, including Junior Colleges, the Centralised Institute and Polytechnics will come together to reflect on Singapore's achievements over the past 50 years and use their learning experiences from the seminar to envision and create our future together. The seminar will be held from 2 to 5 June 2015 at the National University of Singapore.

By Cherishing Our Past, participants will examine our past successes and challenges. When Celebrating Our Present, they will reflect on Singapore's achievements built upon the firm foundation laid by our pioneer generation. Collectively, as the future of our nation, participants will seek to embody the values that have brought our nation forward, and unite in Creating Our Future together.

The objective of this year's Seminar is to provide our youth with opportunities to connect with people from all walks of life in Singapore. Prior to the Seminar, the participants interviewed people from various backgrounds from selected organisations across five SG50 domains. The domains are as follows:

  • Education and Youth;
  • Culture and Community;
  • Economic and International;
  • Environment and Infrastructure; and
  • Partnership.
Pre-University Seminar Highlights

This year's Seminar will encourage deep reflection, student collaboration, imagination and active citizenry. Students are grouped by SG50 domains and each of the 50 groups must reflect on how individuals and organisations have worked in synergy towards improving Singapore. Their shared experiences with members of the public will inform and shape their collective imagining of their vision for Singapore. Participants will go through the following four components:

(a) Groundwork

Each group of participants will visit people and organisations related to their assigned SG50 domain. Participants will interact with Singaporeans from different backgrounds and learn about their experiences at work and how they have contributed to make Singapore what it is today. They will have the opportunity to interview individuals at organizations, ranging from ground staff to management. It will also help them to better understand and appreciate the work, values and challenges of building an inclusive society, which provides for a diversity of needs and aspirations.

(b) Panel Discussion

Each discussion will:

  • focus participants' findings from their Groundwork;
  • involve three to four panelists, selected for their specific area of expertise; and
  • 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.
(c) Operation V50

A key highlight of this year's Seminar, Operation V50 will see the 50 teams of students travel to selected locations across Singapore to put into action simple but creative acts that will engage the public to celebrate and raise awareness of the achievements of people in their assigned SG50 domains. This interactive experience will challenge participants to reflect on the perspectives shared by members of the public, as well as their own role in taking action to fulfil their vision for Singapore.

(d) Closing Ceremony and Exhibition

This year's closing ceremony will be a by-invitation only exhibition showcasing participants' reflections and visions for Singapore. Each team will deliver the following:

  • A booth exhibiting creative expressions of their Operation V50 experiences and presenting their vision for the future of Singapore in their respective SG50 domains. Exhibits may include photographs, music videos, drama or other creative modes of expression, providing an insight into the heartbeat and aspirations of Singapore's youth.
  • A Vision Tree, which represents the participants' collective vision and aspirations for Singapore's future, will be assembled and presented as Pre-University Seminar 2015's birthday gift to the nation.
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Minister Heng Swee Keat to attend the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Council Conference

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 2:00am

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, will attend the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Council Conference in Pattaya, Chonburi Province, Thailand, from 6 to 7 May 2015. This year, SEAMEO celebrates the 50th year of its founding.

Minister Heng will also have bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the Conference. He will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Education.

The SEAMEO Council Conference is a biennial meeting of the Education Ministers from the 11 SEAMEO Member Countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, to discuss educational cooperation in the South-eastern Asia region.

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Lee Kuan Yew's image to be on commemorative note

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:00pm
Singapore, April 13 (IANS) Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's image will adorn a new commemorative note of 50 Singapore dollars, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong informed parliament on Monday. "We had hoped that Lee would launch the commemorative set of notes himself. Sadly that is not to be," said Lee Hsien Loong, "but we have decided to continue with the project and will launch ...
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Continued growth, common identity are key global challenges: DPM Tharman

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 5:43pm
Speaking at the inaugural Singapore Forum on Saturday (Apr 11), Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said ultimately, political systems derive legitimacy from how they deal with these issues.
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Time to drop race labels, S’pore told

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 10/04/2015 - 4:40pm
Rigid categorisation hampers Singapore’s ability to deal with society’s diversity, says Banyan Tree's executive chairman.
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Wild dolphin-watching tours in Singapore a possibility: ACRES

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Fri, 10/04/2015 - 2:43pm
The Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) says there have been reports of dolphin sightings in waters near Singapore.
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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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