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News Source: Ministry of Education Press Releases

Recognising Our Students’ Holistic Achievements

​1. This year, 196 Special Awards – the highest number in a single year so far – were given out to recognise students’ achievements in both academic and non-academic spheres, including their contributions to the community1. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Culture, Community and Youth, presented the awards at the Special Awards Presentation Ceremony on 14 August 2018.

2. A total of 1882 students from 82 educational institutions received the following awards:

  • Prime Minister’s Book Prize (37 recipients)
  • Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence (23 recipients)
  • Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science (LKY-M&S Secondary and Pre-University) (40 recipients)
  • Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students (10 recipients)
  • Lee Kuan Yew Exemplary Student Award (27 recipients)
  • Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (25 recipients)
  • Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement (4 recipients)
  • Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding Bicultural Students (4 recipients)
  • Lee Hsien Loong Award for Special Achievement (2 recipients)
  • Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation Award (18 recipients)
  • Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Book Prize (6 recipients3)

3. More information on the 11 awards can be found in Annex A, while the full list of awardees is in Annex B.

  1. The total number of awards has always varied from year to year.
  2. There are 2 students who received multiple awards.
  3. These 6 recipients are also recipients of the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading.

Seminar for Pre-School Chinese Language Teachers 2018


To enhance their professional skills and grow their professional network, more than 800 pre-school Chinese Language (CL) teachers and educationists attended a dedicated seminar on 4 August 2018. Held at ITE (Institute of Technical Education) College Central, the seminar was organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) and supported by the Early Childhood and Development Agency (ECDA).

2. The theme for this year’s seminar was “Home-School Collaboration”, highlighting the importance of effective collaboration between parents and schools in supporting children to learn CL. Ms Zhu Jiwen, Director of Fengtai No.1 Kindergarten in Beijing, delivered the keynote address on ‘Hand in Hand Home-School Collaboration’. 19 educationalists and pre-school teachers then held workshops on innovative pedagogies and shared their experience on teaching CL in pre-schools. Members of CPCLL’s Pre-school Chinese Language Teachers’ Learning Community, who were past recipients of the Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language Teacher Award (CL), were also involved in facilitating the seminar.

3. At the event, Chairperson of CPCLL, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Low Yen Ling presented awards to six winners of the inaugural Pre-school CL Storytelling Aids Competition. The winning entries were selected from approximately 300 proposals received between February and April this year. Entries of all finalists were featured at the seminar. The list of winners can be found in the Annex.

4. For more information about CPCLL’s events, please visit the CPCLL website at, or

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