New Normal (Technical) Specialised School to start in 2013
Published on ST Apr 10, 2012
By Sandra Davie
Crest Secondary School, the first of two Specialised Schools for Normal (Technical) students, will start classes in January 2013. To be located in Jurong East Street 24, it will take in 200 students a year.
Similar to their Normal (Technical) stream peers in the other secondary schools, the students will be put through a four-year programme leading to the GCE N-level examinations.
There will be a focus on English and Mathematics, but teachers will customise their teaching approach to suit the learning styles of their students.
To allow for more practical, hands-on learning, classes will be kept small, with about 20 students each.
A tie-up with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will allow students to take ITE taster modules at lower secondary, before working towards an an ITE Skills Certificate in one of four areas - facility services, mechanical servicing, retail services or hospitality services.
As the certificates are aligned to NITEC courses in the ITE, students have the option of going on to the ITE or going out to work.
To enhance the holistic development of the students, values and character education will be conducted through physical education, arts and co-curricular activities.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Tuesday the make up of the school board headed by Mr Choe Peng Sum, chief executive officer of Frasers Hospitality. The board will oversee and guide the development of the school.
The setting up of the specialised Normal (Technical) schools was first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally in 2010.
MOE had previously announced that the second school, which will take in students in 2014, will be located in Woodlands.