Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Education of Singapore and the People's Republic of China
The Ministries of Education of Singapore (MOE) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on exchanges and cooperation in the field of education.
The first MOU between both ministries was signed in 1999 and had since been renewed twice in 2006 and 2009. This revised MOU covers bilateral educational cooperation at both the basic and higher education levels. Ongoing collaborations include the exchange of visits by officials, educators and students.
The revised MOU features one new and two enhanced collaborations:Attachment at Technical and Vocational Institutions
Under this new collaboration, up to 15 senior educators from each country will be given the opportunity to be attached to technical and vocational institutions in the other country. The short-term attachment may include co-teaching and serves to help senior educators understand the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector in Singapore and the PRC.Professional Development for PRC English Language Lecturers
In this enhanced initiative, the National Institute of Education will provide professional development through the Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) programme to 20 PRC English Language lecturers.Overseas Study-cum-Immersion Programme for Singapore’s Chinese Language Teachers
Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), in collaboration with the Academy of Singapore Teachers, will assist in organising an annual study-cum-immersion programme for 30 of Singapore’s Chinese Language teachers. The programme will include a school attachment which allows for lesson observations and the opportunity for teachers to experience teaching in Chinese classrooms.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be appointing 62 Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony for Principals, which will be held on 29 December 2015. Of these, 21 are newly-appointed Principals. (Please refer to Annex A for the details.)
Principals are key to shaping and strengthening the traditions and ethos of our schools. They lead and inspire teachers, and work with parents and the community in providing our students with holistic education.
The appointment is an important milestone for the 21 newly-appointed Principals as they assume major responsibilities as leaders in education. For the 41 serving Principals and HQ officers who are assuming new appointments, it is an affirmation of MOE’s confidence in their abilities to continue guiding our teachers and our young. The process of systematically appointing and rotating Principals allows schools to benefit from the infusion of fresh perspectives and enables experienced Principals to share best practices in support of ‘Every School, a Good School’. It also gives the Principals the opportunity to take on new challenges as part of their career development.
Mr Wong Siew Hoong, Director-General of Education, will present the Letters of Appointment to the Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony. The ceremony will also acknowledge the contributions of retiring Principals and Senior Education Officers from MOE HQ who had formerly served as Principals. Acting Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng, will grace the ceremony as Guest-of-Honour.
Students collected their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results from their respective primary schools today.Performance of 2015 Primary 6 Cohort
A total of 39,286 Primary 6 students sat for the PSLE this year. Among these students, 38,610 students (or 98.3%) are assessed suitable to proceed to secondary school. 66.2% are eligible for the Express course, 21.7% for the Normal (Academic) course and 10.4% for the Normal (Technical) course.
For the 676 students (or 1.7%) who did not qualify for the Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) courses, those who attempted the PSLE for the first time may re-attempt the PSLE in the coming year or apply to Assumption Pathway School (APS) or NorthLight School (NLS). Remaining students who have more than one attempt at PSLE will be preferentially offered a place in APS or NLS.2015 Secondary One Posting Exercise
Eligible students will 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 25 November 2015 to 3.00 pm on 1 December 2015 through the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) S1 Posting website at www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/secondary-one-posting/
Alternatively, the S1 Option Form can be submitted through the student’s primary school. Submission at the primary schools started today from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm; and will continue throughout 26 November to 1 December 2015 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, excluding weekends.
There are many different secondary schools to choose from. Some have unique programmes and others offer different educational paths, but they all seek to maximise the potential of every student that comes to them. When choosing secondary schools, students, in discussion with their parents, are encouraged to consider schools with learning environments suited to their learning needs and interests (e.g. Applied Learning Programmes, Learning for Life Programmes, and CCAs offered by the school), and the proximity of the school from their home, amongst other factors.
The S1 posting results will be released on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. Students are to report to the secondary schools they are posted to on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 at 8.30 am.Footnote
- For information on children exempted from the Compulsory Education Act, please refer to the attached “Information Sheet on the 2015 PSLE Results of Students Exempted from Compulsory Education”