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Successful 6th ASEAN Schools Games Come to a Close in Manila

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 2:00am

After five days of competitions (1 - 5 Dec), the 6th ASEAN Schools Games (6th ASG) came to a successful close on 5 Dec, as 700 student-athletes and officials gathered for a Closing Ceremony held at the Marikina Sports Center, Manila, Philippines. The Singapore Schools contingent won a total of 39 medals - 10 Gold, 10 Silver, and 19 Bronze. Please refer to Annex A for breakdown of the medals won for each event.

At the Closing Ceremony, Hon. Federico Romero “Miro” S. Quimbo, Representative of 2nd District, Marikina City, said, “Over the years, the ASG has been a great platform in bringing together student-athletes from various countries in Southeast Asia. It is an honour for Philippines to host the ASG, which is not only an avenue for sports but also for friendship between the Southeast Asian nations.”

During the games, Singapore’s ambassador to the Philippines, Mr V.P. Hirubalan, visited the student-athletes to commend them for their participation and to affirm the importance of the ASG for regional integration. He said, “This event is a very good opportunity for our students to get to know their counterparts from other ASEAN countries. For Singapore, it is also a chance to fly our flag high, and by looking at the students’ faces here, they are really enjoying the event and are proud to represent Singapore.”

Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mrs Judina Cheong, said, “I am proud of our student athletes who have played their games well, achieved their personal best and displayed good sportsmanship. I appreciate our Officials and Coaches who have carried out their duties with dedication. They encouraged and looked after our athletes well. I am also grateful to our Singaporean parents who have come to support their children in their games.”

The student-athletes from the Singapore Schools contingent are from a total of 48 secondary schools and junior colleges. Selected based on their overall performance at the National School Games and other local and regional sports competitions, the budding young athletes were grateful for the chance to represent Singapore at the ASEAN level. Gold Medallist Lee Chyi Fang from the Wushu team is glad that Wushu was included in the ASG this year, as it provided her a platform to take part in a regional competition. She said, “It is an exciting experience for the Wushu team as our opponents are strong, but we stayed focused and did our best at the competitions. We also get to make friends with like-minded individuals in other ASEAN countries who share our same passion in Wushu.”

The ASG also allows the students to learn more about ASEAN, and experience how sports have brought ASEAN nations together. The competitions provided opportunities for students from different countries to interact and make friends, while learning about their cultures. At the Marikina Sports Complex, students also took part in an exhibition to learn about the sports icons of the various ASEAN countries. Deputy Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mr Mohamed Razali B Abdul Hamed said, “The ASG was conceptualised to not only promote youth sports development, but also enhance the ideals and spirit of ASEAN cooperation and solidarity. Hence, in every edition of the ASG, the cultural exchange programme plays a key role in enabling the participants to experience the culture, history and dynamism of the host country and its people.”

Mr Chan Thiam Huat, a parent who travelled to Manila to support his child, Prudence Chan from the Gymnastics team, noted the good exposure provided by the ASG. He said, “The ASG is Prudence’s first overseas competition. The experience will stand her in good stead for future overseas sports meets.”

Teacher-Coach from Sepak Takraw team, Mr Abdul Mutalib B Ab Rahaman, noted the high level of competition at the ASG, and commended the good showing by the team. He said, “I am very happy to see the boys putting what they have learned during our trainings into action at the Games. The team picked up valuable learning points in the process. I am confident that they will put up an even better performance for the 2015 games in Brunei.”

Student athlete James Leow from the Golf team has honed his leadership skills as the Captain of the team. James said, “Playing on a different course pushed us out of our comfort zone and we learnt the need to adapt quickly to play the game well. Through the competitions, I also get to meet players from other countries and pick up new strategies. As the team captain, I learnt the importance of encouraging our teammates not to give up, and to fight hard for every stroke.”

For more details, please visit the official ASG website.

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Worldwide 3D Printing Market to Grow 20.6% by 2020

Yahoo Singapore Education News - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 6:35pm
SINGAPORE, Dec 18, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Analysts have forecast that the global 3D printing market will reach US$8.6 billion by 2020, with a CAGR of 20.6 per cent from 2014 to 2020. The growth is expected to come from increasing demand for the quick and more efficient manufacturing of complexly designed objects using a wide variety of materials.
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Results of 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 12:00am

Students who sat for the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations have collected their results from their secondary schools today. 1

11,176 students from the Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) Course and 5,120 students from the Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) Course sat for the Examinations.

99.7% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course have been awarded the Normal (Academic) Level certificate. The Normal (Academic) Level certificate is awarded to candidates who obtain a pass grade (i.e. of Grade 5 or better) in at least one Normal (Academic) subject.

97.5% of the students from the Normal (Technical) course have been awarded the Normal (Technical) Level certificate. The Normal (Technical) Level certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains a pass grade (i.e. of Grade D or better) in at least one Normal (Technical) subject.

Progression to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic)

74.6% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course are eligible for promotion to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) in 2015. These are students in the Normal (Academic) course who obtained an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in English Language (EL), Mathematics and best three subjects (ELMAB3), and a Grade 5 or better for both EL and Mathematics.

This year, 34.5% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course sat for subjects in the GCE Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examinations. These students are also eligible for promotion to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) if they obtain an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in EL, Mathematics and best three subjects, and a Grade 5 or better for both EL and Mathematics, using their combined GCE Normal (Academic) Level and their school-based ‘O’ Level preliminary examination results.

Progression Pathways for Normal (Academic) Students

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who had attempted the GCE Normal (Academic) examinations in 2014 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 19 points 2 will have the option of applying for the Direct-Entry-Scheme into Polytechnic Programme (DPP).

The DPP prepares Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students for progression into selected polytechnic diploma courses via a two-year Higher Nitec programme at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). Under the DPP, students who successfully complete their Higher Nitec course and attain the required qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) are guaranteed a place in a polytechnic diploma course mapped to their Higher Nitec course. About 1,000 DPP places are offered across all three ITE Colleges annually. Applications to the DPP will open on 18 December 2014. For more information, please refer to http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/.

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who sat for the GCE Normal (Academic) examinations in 2014 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points 3 will also have the option of applying for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP).

The PFP is a one-year foundation programme at the polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers to prepare students for entry into the relevant Polytechnic Diploma courses. Upon completion of the one-year PFP, students will progress on to their pre-selected diploma course, subject to them passing all modules in the PFP. The polytechnics will offer about 1,200 PFP places in total. Applications to the PFP will open in January 2015 after the release of the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results. Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who intend to apply for the PFP should first progress to Secondary 5 on 2 January 2015. For more information, please refer to http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp.

Progression of Normal (Technical) students

All Normal (Technical) course students who completed their secondary education in 2014 may apply to further their studies at ITE. Schools may also laterally transfer Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) students to Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) if they have obtained grade A for EL and Mathematics and grade B or better for one other subject at the Normal (Technical) Level.

Footnote
  1. The Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations are conducted jointly by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).
  2. To be eligible for the DPP, students must also attain a minimum grade of 4 in both English Language (Minimum required grade of 3 for Business & Services courses) and Mathematics. The ELMAB3 aggregate does not include CCA bonus points.
  3. The ELMAB3 aggregate comprises English Language (EL), Mathematics (MA), and the student’s three best other subjects. To be eligible for the PFP, students must also attain a minimum grade of 3 in all subjects that make up the ELMAB3 aggregate. CCA bonus points are not factored into the ELMAB3 aggregate used for application to the PFP, but are taken into account for posting. More information can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/pfp_eligibility.html.
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Modified NAPFA Test for Pre-National Service Students from 2015

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 2:00am

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
  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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Release of Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examination Results on 18 December 2014

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Mon, 15/12/2014 - 12:00am

The results of the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) [N(A)] and Normal (Technical) [N(T)] Level Examinations will be released on Thursday, 18 December 2014.

School candidates may obtain their result slips from their respective schools from 2.00 pm on 18 December 2014.

Private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. They will also be able to obtain their results online (using the password provided to them) via Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board’s website at http://www.seab.gov.sg, from 2.00 pm on 18 December 2014.

Students who wish to apply for courses offered by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) can submit their applications online via the ITE application portal upon collection of their results. Hard copy application forms will also be available at Customer Service Centres at each of the three ITE colleges.

Application for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)

The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) prepares students for progression into selected polytechnic diploma courses via a two-year Higher Nitec course at ITE. Under the DPP, students who successfully complete their Higher Nitec course and attain the required minimum qualifying Higher Nitec Grade Point Average are guaranteed a place in a polytechnic diploma course mapped to their Higher Nitec course. Students eligible for the DPP will receive a copy of Form N from their secondary schools, inviting them to apply for the DPP.

Applications for DPP can be submitted online via the ITE application portal between 2.30 pm on 18 December 2014 and 5.00 pm on 22 December 2014.

Release of DPP Posting Results and Acceptance of DPP Offers

The DPP posting results will be released at 9.00 am on 26 December 2014. Students will be able to check the posting results online via the ITE application portal.

Students who receive a DPP offer are required to log on to the ITE application portal between 9.00 am on 26 December 2014 and 11.59 pm on 29 December 2014 to accept or reject the DPP offer. Students who reject their DPP offer should report to their secondary schools on 2 January 2015 for Secondary 5.

Application for Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) in January

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year foundation programme offering a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers, catering to students who have decided to pursue a polytechnic education and meet the PFP eligibility requirements. Applications for the PFP will open later, in January 2015, on the day when the results of the GCE Ordinary Level Examinations are released. On the same day, students eligible for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P, inviting them to apply for the PFP.

Students interested in applying to the PFP should first commence their Secondary 5 year on 2 January 2015, while awaiting the PFP posting results.

For more information on the DPP and the PFP, please visit these websites:

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SkillsFuture Council Begins Work: Driving National Effort to Develop Skills for the Future

Ministry of Education Press Releases - Sat, 13/12/2014 - 2:00am

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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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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