The number and reach of Edusave awards will be enhanced to better recognise both academic and non-academic excellence in polytechnics and ITE.
The existing Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) and Edusave Good Progress Award (GPA) will be extended to the polytechnics to recognise the hard work and progress made by students in their academic pursuits and provides additional support for students from more modest backgrounds.
MOE will also be introducing a new Edusave Skills Award (ESA) in the polytechnics and ITE in line with the national SkillsFuture movement . These changes will take effect from 2017 onwards.Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) and Edusave Good Progress Award (GPA)
The existing Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) and Edusave Good Progress Award (GPA) will be extended to the polytechnics, and the criteria and quanta will be pegged to the corresponding Edusave awards in ITE. The extension of the EMB and GPA to polytechnics will benefit about 15,000 students every year.Edusave Skills Award
The new Edusave Skills Award (ESA) for polytechnics and ITE seeks to recognise students who have demonstrated excellent application of course-specific skills as well as soft skills in the course of their studies. This will be based on their performance during their internships and Final Year Projects, or achievements at other platforms such as conferences and competitions.
Each institution may award the ESA to up to 10% of Singaporean students in the graduating cohort. The award amount will be pegged to that of other Edusave Awards in the polytechnics and ITE, i.e. $500.
The introduction of ESA to polytechnics and ITE will recognise about 3,500 students yearly.
In total, the extension of the EMB and GPA to polytechnics, and the introduction of ESA to polytechnics and ITE will cost up to $9 million annually.
Please refer to Annex A for an overview of the new Edusave awards for ITE and polytechnic students in 2017.
Release of 2015 Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examination Results and 2016 Joint Admissions Exercise for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education
The results of the 2015 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination will be released on Monday, 11 January 2016.
School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 11 January 2016.
Private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. The result slips will be mailed on 11 January 2016 to the address provided by the candidates during the registration period. Private candidates who are eligible for SingPass1 can also use their SingPass account to obtain their results online via the internet Examination Results Release System (iERRS) on Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board’s website at www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 11 January 2016.Joint Admissions Exercise
Students who wish to apply for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics or the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may do so through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their GCE O-Level examination results.
JAE registration will open from 3.00 pm on Monday, 11 January 2016 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 15 January 2016. Eligible applicants who sat for the 2015 GCE O-Level examination will receive Form A2 on the day of the release of examination results. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the course application worksheet (provided in Form A or the JAE information booklet) before submitting the online application via the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae.
For more details on the JAE, applicants may refer to:
JAE Website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae; or
MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872-2220 during the hotline operating hours3 .
The posting results of the JAE application are tentatively scheduled for release on Thursday, 28 January 2016 through the following modes:
JAE-IS, which is accessible through the JAE website;
SMS to the mobile phone number provided by applicant during registration.
In addition, students can also participate in the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). The JPSAE complements the JAE, by allowing Polytechnics to consider applicants based on a broader measure of merit beyond academic performance in the GCE O-Level examination. Through the JPSAE, Polytechnics may admit students who have demonstrated a strong passion or aptitude for the course applied for, such as through work attachments and sustained involvement in course-related projects, or students with outstanding talents or achievements in leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, sports, and artistic and creative areas.
The JPSAE will be conducted concurrently with the JAE. A student may apply to both JPSAE and JAE. Successful applicants may be offered a course under the JAE, and the same or another course under the JPSAE. Students who are offered courses under both JAE and JPSAE should accept only one of the two offers. More details on the JPSAE can be found at https://jpsae.polytechnic.edu.sg and on the respective Polytechnics’ websites.
The posting results of the JPSAE are tentatively scheduled for release on Friday, 29 January 2016.Progression Pathways for Secondary Four Normal (Academic) Students The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)
Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who attempted the Normal (Academic) Examination in 2015 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points and met subject-specific requirements4 will be eligible to apply for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). The PFP is an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year. It is a one-year foundation programme at the Polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by Polytechnic lecturers.
On Monday, 11 January 2016, students eligible for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P from their respective secondary schools, inviting them to apply for the PFP. Each copy of Form P contains a unique password. Students should use the respective passwords to submit their applications online via the PFP website at https://pfp.polytechnic.edu.sg/PFP/pfp_application.html.
Application for the PFP will open from 2.00 pm on Monday, 11 January 2016 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 15 January 2016.
The PFP posting results will be released at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 through the PFP website. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept, reject or appeal for a change of course by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 21 January 2016. More details on the PFP can be found at https://pfp.polytechnic.edu.sg.The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)
The final application phase for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) will open at 2.30 pm on Monday, 11 January 2016 and close at the end of Friday, 15 January 2016. Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who are newly eligible after taking into account their O-Level examination results should submit their DPP applications online via the DPP application portal at http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/intake/.
The DPP posting results for applications made under the final application phase will be released from 9.00 am on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 onwards through the DPP application portal. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept or reject the DPP offer by the end of Thursday, 21 January 2016. More details on the DPP are available at http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/.For successful PFP and/or DPP applicants
Students who have been offered a place in the DPP under the final application phase should report to ITE on Friday, 22 January 2016, upon acceptance of their DPP course offer.
The last day of school for Secondary 5 students who have accepted a place in the PFP will be on Friday, 29 January 2016. Students will be informed by the respective Polytechnics on the dates of enrolment for the PFP.
Students who accepted a place in the earlier December application phase of the DPP but have now decided to take up a PFP offer will need to apply to ITE to withdraw from the DPP course in order to take up the PFP offer.Footnotes
- Private candidates can visit the SingPass website at www.singpass.gov.sgto find out if they are eligible for SingPass. ↩
- Form A will list the applicant’s GCE O-Level examination results, the courses which he/she is eligible to apply for under the JAE, and his/her JAE-PIN (i.e. a personal password for the applicant to access JAE-IS). ↩
- The hotline operating hours are Mondays to Fridays from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, and Saturdays from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm. ↩
- The ELMAB3 aggregate comprises English Language, Mathematics, and the student’s three best other subjects. Students will also need to have met the subject-specific criteria for either Group 1 or Group 2 courses. More details can be found at https://pfp.polytechnic.edu.sg/PFP/pfp_eligibility.html ↩
784 student athletes played their first round National School Game (NSG) matches at the Singapore Sports Hub at the NSG Opening Ceremony on 28 January 2016. This marked the start of the annual inter-school games, where the Guest-of-Honour was Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information.
This year was the first time that five NSG competitions - Badminton, Basketball, Netball, Table Tennis and Volleyball - were held simultaneously immediately after the ceremonial launch. Student athletes from three other sports - Fencing, Gymnastics and Taekwondo, also showcased their diverse skills and talent at the Opening Ceremony.
The NSG, which runs from 6 January 2016 to 31 August 2016, is the largest and most extensive annual youth sports event in Singapore. The number of students participating in the games today has increased by nearly three-fold since its inception 30 years ago, from 20,000 student-athletes (4% of the student population) in 1986 to an estimated 55,000 students (12% of the student population) across 29 sports this year.
The annual NSG signifies the commitment by the Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council (SPSSC) and the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) to provide opportunities for students to participate in the inter-school competition undergirded by the Council’s motto, ‘Character in Sporting Excellence’. This year, to acknowledge the important role of spectators in the competitions, the Council also launched a Spectators’ Creed (see Annex A) focusing on values related to students being a ‘Respectful Supporter’, ‘Caring Motivator’ and ‘Responsible Spectator’.
Schools will conduct their own symbolic ceremony in February 2016 to provide students with the opportunity to celebrate the opening of the NSG and allow them to better appreciate the value of sports participation. Students will listen to the NSG message from Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Minister of Communications and Information, and view excerpts of the Opening Ceremony on the MOE YouTube channel.
The ‘Sabah Earthquake Fund’ was set up in June 2015 for the dependents of Singaporeans who lost their lives, as well as the trainers and guides in Sabah who lost their lives or had their livelihoods affected by the earthquake on 5 June 2015. During the collection period from 23 June to 31 August 2015, individual and corporate well-wishers generously contributed to the Fund, which raised a total amount of S$982,000.Disbursement of Fund
A Committee comprising representatives appointed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Temasek Foundation managed the manner in which the donations were allocated or used for beneficiaries specified by the donors. Donations with no specific beneficiaries were allocated based on the needs of the families by the Committee in its absolute discretion.
Singapore investment company Temasek matched all donations from its staff dollar-for-dollar. In addition, Temasek staff volunteers helped to structure the donations into insurance policies for dependents of the families of the late Mr Mohammad Ghazi Bin Mohamed, Mr Terrence Loo and Mr Muhammad Daanish Bin Amran to provide dependents with sustainable financial support. The policies will provide yearly payouts, with a lump sum payout upon maturity for their future needs.
S$100,000 in donations will be disbursed equally between the Mountain Torq trainers and Sabah mountain guides. S$50,000 will be given to Mountain Torq Sdn Bhd, the operator of the Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu, to support its trainers and staff. The recipients include the five trainers (including the late Mr Valerian Joannes and Mr Ricky Masirin through their families) who accompanied students from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) on Mount Kinabalu. The remaining S$50,000 will be channelled to the ‘Mount Kinabalu Earthquake Disaster Fund’ launched by Sabah Parks. The Mount Kinabalu Earthquake Disaster Fund will support the Sabah guides whose livelihoods have been affected by the earthquake, as well as those who, directly or indirectly, assisted in the safe evacuation of the TKPS students in the aftermath of the earthquake. The cheque presentation to Sabah Parks and Mountain Torq Sdn Bhd will take place at a Thank You Reception in Sabah in early 2016.
The distribution of the Fund will be made progressively over the next few months, after which the Sabah Earthquake Fund will be closed and audited.Footnote
- The Fund will also honour a pledge when the fourth child of the late Mr Mohammad Ghazi is born. The pledged amount is part of the $982,000 raised for the Fund. ↩