Best O-level results in at least three decades, 84.3% of students score 5 or more passes (11 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE - The class of 2016 has set a record. Students who took the O levels last year have outperformed their seniors, with 84.3 per cent of the cohort attaining at least five passes.

This surpasses the 83.8 per cent set by the 2015 cohort. Then, it was Singapore's best showing at the national exam in at least three decades."

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Former Junyuan Secondary student gets into 'dream school' after learning to manage stress (11 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE -Former Junyuan Secondary student Tiffany Chee has met her conditional offer to study biomedical science at Temasek Polytechnic (TP).

The 17-year-old learnt on Wednesday (Jan 11) afternoon that she had achieved a respectable L1R4 of 16 - which is the sum of her O-level score for English and four relevant subjects."

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Higher demand, enrolment for kindergartens set up by MOE (12 January 2017)

"Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens, which had a muted response at the start three years ago, are now seeing higher demand and enrolments.

Last year, there were 1,300 applications for places in the 15 kindergartens, which were set up by MOE to develop fresh approaches and best practices in early education. It was a 50 per cent increase from the 850 applications in 2015."

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Tuning in to Baweanese with strains of La-A-Obe (12 January 2017)

"The twangy guitar strains that kick off La-A-Obe - Singapore band Kassim Selamat and The Swallows' most iconic song - are quintessential pop yeh-yeh.

But while the melody comes straight from the Malay psychedelic pop genre that took Singapore and Malaysia by storm in the 1960s, once the singing starts, an unfamiliar tongue emerges."

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Maths mix-up: Most have similar, better scores than prelims (12 January 2017)

"Students who sat the wrong O-level mathematics paper last October collected their result slips yesterday after a long and nervous wait.

And many would have been relieved: The majority received grades that were similar to or better than the results for their schools' preliminary exams, said the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB)."

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15 A&E visits, but she makes it to dream school (12 January 2017)

"She had stomach cramps and nausea when she ate and blood in her stool afterwards.

In her last two years of secondary school, Tiffany Chee, 17, had to go to the accident and emergency department 15 times and was hospitalised five times. She missed many lessons and her grades suffered. It did not help that her family was also facing financial problems."

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Eunoia JC's focus on passion, purpose (14 January 2017)

"Eunoia Junior College (EJC) has a name some have dismissed as pretentious, but principal Wong Mei Heng says the school's focus is on substance and character.

"We want to anchor students in values... We are not building elitism. We are building quality, and (this) quality is accessible to all," she told The Straits Times on Thursday."

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Comfy and smart (14 January 2017)

"For Eunoia Junior College students, the key to a good uniform is simple: it should be comfortable and look smart.

The uniform - a white top with a grey pin-striped skirt or trousers - was designed by student Isabel Chan, and selected by students from more than 70 submissions."

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'How can 97 marks be not good enough?' (14 January 2017)

"Parents of some children in a well-known primary school have complained about the selection process for Higher Chinese.

St Hilda's Primary pupils are routed into Higher Chinese classes in Primary 2 based on continual assessment test results in Primary 1."

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Hearing loss disability not a barrier to teen's music aspirations (14 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE - A passionate Bon Jovi-style rocker at heart, Anastasia Mary Chieng bangs away at the drums, caresses the strings of the violin with her bow, and even plays the organ.

The 13-year-old, who has hearing loss in her right ear and a heart condition, is intent on living a fulfilled life."

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Straight As? But making grade in doing good is vital too (16 January 2017)

"Ahead of the new year, I buckled and signed my son up for Chinese tuition.

I had been holding out against extra lessons because I wanted to keep as many of his afternoons free from school stuff for as long as I could."

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She cuts social media ties to hit the books (16 January 2017)

"When Haziratul Zakirah Ghazali, 16, went back to Hong Kah Secondary School to collect her O-level results last Wednesday, she was so nervous that she cried.

Then she saw her name on the screen in her school hall."

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He watches motivational videos and makes a U-turn (16 January 2017)

"His O-level results are not what most people would describe as spectacular but Shahrukh Navin Sundram, 16, has come a long way since Secondary 1.

The former Serangoon Garden Secondary School student obtained an L1R4 score of 15 for English and four other subjects - better than his score in the prelims, which was in the mid-20s."

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Tackling a pet peeve of not enough staff (16 January 2017)

"Since his childhood, Muhammad Arfian Mohamed Hanafi has wanted to work with animals. But his parents advised him to choose a future they believed would offer more security.

Mr Arfian, 23, relented and completed a biotechnology diploma course in Singapore Polytechnic, though his desire never went away."

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A class act both on and off the performance stage (16 January 2017)

"Like one of the stars in Disney's High School Musical, Maria Erika Glen Goh, 16, is a maths and science whiz who can also sing and dance.

The former Anglican High School student was one of her school's top performers in the O levels, with a raw L1R5 score of eight points for English and five relevant subjects."

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Choosing the Right Course (9 December 2016)

"Now that you’ve received your results, what’s next? With a multitude of courses to choose from, students are able to pursue their passion and embark on an exciting education adventure – designed to cater to different interests, aptitude and learning styles.

Here are some tried and tested tips to help you decide on the next step forward:

1. Be proactive, talk to people!

Good to talk to your parents, teachers, Education and Career Guidance (ECG) counsellors and friends who are able to provide good advice. Making an informed decision starts with arming yourselves with knowledge and information, so take the time to ask about the courses you are interested in.

The experiences of your mentors and friends could help you in making a good decision. So don’t be shy!"

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Making reading a best-selling hobby (13 December 2016)

"Reading is a recommended activity for children. Besides helping children in language proficiency, guided reading is also a good opportunity for holistic education. Dr Chitra Shegar, director of Reading Edge Academy, shares some tips to help grow your child’s love for reading.

Follow your child’s interests

As a child grows, he will develop his own interests, and the reading material which you offer to your child should move in tandem with his interests. For instance, if your child is fascinated with sea creatures, introduce him to books on the underwater world. If your child loves playing with toy vehicles, get him to read books on transport. Forcing your child to read books which he has little interest in could make him lose focus."

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How do you build a home on Mars? (16 December 2016)

"Students from Ping Yi Secondary visited the Space Centre in Houston where they hobnobbed with NASA engineers to explore the possibility of building a community on the Red Planet.

Their concept of a Martian habitat is a modular living space with different pods for entertainment, waste disposal, a greenhouse and most importantly water and oxygen generation.

The designers behind it? Two students from Ping Yi Secondary School."

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The awesome buddy system (20 December 2016)

"The first few days in a Primary School can be a daunting experience for both parents and children. The environment is vastly different from pre-school and may be a culture shock. Parents may also worry about how their children are settling into a new environment. To help new students, primary schools often have buddy systems, pairing older students with Primary One schoolmates.

Like many others her age, Marcie Chew felt first-day jitters as she entered Rulang Primary School. The Primary One student was worried about not being able to find her way to her classroom and the canteen. Marcie was also unsure about buying food at the canteen, or if she would find herself without friends.

Much to her relief, Miranda Tay, a Primary Six student, was there to ease Marcie’s worries. She accompanied Marcie throughout recess time during the first three days of school."

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Going Green (23 December 2016)

"In Geylang Methodist School (Secondary), students are looking forward to a greener future.

Twenty-two Secondary 3 students excitedly file in to Physics Lab 3 at Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) one Tuesday afternoon. The teacher in charge and Science HOD, Ms Ng Peck Suan, tells them to sit in their assigned groups and await further instructions.

On the table in front of each group are these seemingly random items: 20 sticks of spaghetti, some tape, a pair of scissors and a marshmallow. The students soon find out that they have to build a freestanding structure with the items, with the marshmallow on top. They have 18 minutes and the team with the tallest standing structure, wins."

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Entry to Polytechnic via the PFP – A Student’s Perspective (27 December 2016)

"‘Do not aim for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme only because you want to graduate as soon as possible. Aim for it if you want the foundation year to prepare yourself for the Diploma’

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), a one-year programme that is offered as an alternative to Secondary Five, offers a practice-oriented curriculum to prepare polytechnic-bound Secondary Four Normal (Academic) students for entry into relevant polytechnic diploma courses.

Germaine Leow, who is currently pursuing her Diploma in Mass Media Management in Nanyang Polytechnic after her PFP, shares her experiences:

1. Why did you enrol for PFP?

Moving to the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) has been at the top of my wishlist ever since I was in Secondary Two. I see it as a stepping stone to my polytechnic journey after the N-levels and I made it a point to strive towards that goal.

I was grateful to be accepted into Nanyang Polytechnic’s PFP course in 2015. During the year-long bridging course, my course mates and I took a combination of Secondary Five subjects and also specific modules that prepared us specifically for our chosen diplomas."

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Calming a Child’s First Day Jitters (30 December 2016)

"I have friends, I don’t need any new friends!” Muhammad shouted at his mother, when she dropped him off on his first day of primary school. Mashithah Bte Mansor tried to give her son a goodbye hug but he withdrew and looked nervous. His first-day jitters were getting the best of him.

For Muhammad, the transition from kindergarten to starting a new phase of life at Chongzheng Primary School was challenging, especially when surrounded by many unfamiliar faces. He was apprehensive towards his new school.

Muhammad had problems making new friends during the first few days of school. He was unreceptive towards the opinions of others and would argue with his classmates. Muhammad sought attention by interjecting conversations, blurting out answers without raising his hands and refusing to comply with instructions.

Muhammad’s form teacher, Mrs Ivory Ho, implemented a few strategies to improve his social skills and behaviour.

Understanding students’ characteristics

“I spoke to Muhammad’s mum so that I could understand his situation. He has a best friend in pre-school since he was 2-years old so it was difficult for him to accept new friends,” said Mrs Ho.

When educators get to know their students’ background, it provides an insight into their behaviour in school."

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Flying high with robots (10 January 2017)

"Talking business solutions is about droning on and on? Not for Nicholas Hon. There is nary a dull moment at work for the operations manager of the start-up Garuda Robotics.

The 29-year-old works with drones and other types of robots to help companies become more productive, and to keep their employees safe. The machines assist these companies in inspecting places that are hard to reach, such as the roofs of buildings and inside drains. The robots are also used to survey large patches of agricultural land outside of Singapore."

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Release of the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A)- and N(T)-Level Examination Results on 19 December 2016 (12 December 2016)

"The results of the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) [N(A)] and Normal (Technical) [N(T)] Level Examinations will be released on Monday, 19 December 2016."

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Ensuring Smooth Implementation as Children with Special Educational Needs Come Under Compulsory Education Framework – Advisory Panel Begins Its Work (13 December 2016)

"At the Special Education Conference on 4 November 2016, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng announced that children with moderate to severe Special Educational Needs (SEN) will be included within the Compulsory Education (CE) Framework."

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2016 Secondary One Posting Results (14 December 2016)

"The Secondary One (S1) posting results will be released on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 at 9:00am."

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Release of the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A)- And N(T)-Level Examination Results (19 December 2016)

"Students who sat for the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Normal (Academic) [N(A)] and Normal (Technical) [N(T)] Level Examinations collected their results from their secondary schools today."

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Release of 2016 Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examination Results and 2017 Joint Admissions Exercise for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics, and Institute of Technical Education (4 January 2017)

"The results of the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination will be released on Wednesday, 11 January 2017."

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Release of the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination (11 January 2017)

"30,292 school candidates sat for the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination. 99.9% have been awarded certificates."

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1 in 150 children in Singapore has autism (24 December 2016)

"One in 150 children here has autism, a higher rate than the World Health Organisation's global figure of one in 160 children.

This comes as more pre-schoolers here get diagnosed with developmental issues."

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Parents ponder value of Pisa test rankings (25 December 2016)

"When housewife Hua Yingying was a student, she was taught the basic concepts of maths and science from textbooks in school, and did not have much homework.

"We also didn't have things like hands-on learning or project work. Now, even children in kindergarten or primary school are taught how to use basic software and work on projects," said the 45-year-old, who has a daughter in Secondary 2."

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PSC launches new scholarship to groom engineers (29 December 2016)

"A persistent shortage of engineering talent in Singapore has prompted the launch of a new scholarship to train more specialist engineers for the public sector.

Under the Public Service Commission Scholarship (Engineering), scholarship holders can take up courses such as naval architecture, financial systems engineering and geospatial technology."

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Education Minister Ng Chee Meng urges students to dare to 'chiong' (8 January 2017)

"He oversees a school system that has just been ranked No. 1 in a prestigious international benchmarking test, but Education Minister in charge of schools Ng Chee Meng is filled with "divine discontent".

There have been many attempts to explain the No. 1 ranking in mathematics, science and reading that 15-year-olds here recently achieved in what is dubbed education's World Cup - the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. "

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Republic Poly opens drone centre and teaching pharmacy (11 January 2017)

"Last Thursday, Republic Polytechnic (RP) opened an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) centre - the first among Singapore's institutes of higher learning.

RP said the centre was opened to meet the growing usage of UAVs or drones by companies and members of the public."

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Young suspects to be accompanied by trained volunteers to police interviews (6 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — From April, some young suspects will be accompanied by independent volunteers during police interviews, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), as it accepted recommendations following a multi-agency review on investigation processes for young people.

The Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS) under the age of 16 will be piloted at Bedok Division, the Criminal Investigation Department and the Central Narcotics Bureau’s Investigation Division, before being launched islandwide by the middle of 2019."

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NYP team develops glowing breakthrough for food farming (6 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — In a potential breakthrough for food farming in Singapore, researchers have found a way to make plants grow bigger and faster.

Researchers from the Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) School of Engineering, along with 20 students, have developed a film, based on nanotechnology, that can convert sunlight into red and blue wavelengths, the main types of light that plants need for growth."

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In the hunt for new ideas, Singapore eases obsession with grades (9 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Singapore’s global rankings in maths and science have made its schools the envy of the developed world, but a new push to drive grassroots innovation is prompting local teachers to do the previously unthinkable: Go easier on the exams.

The city-state’s schools now have courses with no grades, at least a tenth of admissions to universities are now based on aptitudes rather than results, and the public service is scrapping a long-held practice of classifying officers by their educational qualifications."

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Early intervention key to helping dysfunctional families: Chuan-Jin (9 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Looking back on his tenure in the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) so far, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin reiterated his belief in intervening as early as possible when helping needy and dysfunctional families, and this is an area in which he wants to continue to improve.

One of the initiatives the ministry rolled out under Mr Tan’s watch is KidSTART. Introduced by the Early Childhood Development Agency last July, the programme seeks out vulnerable children from low-income families — in some cases, even before they are born — and ensures that they are not disadvantaged, by providing them with better support in education, healthcare and other developmental needs."

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Centre focuses on helping vulnerable children through play-based learning (9 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — With her classes stretching until the evenings on most days and her husband, a computer technician, on the night shift, Ms Durga Devi Marimuthu, 26, often worries about being too late to pick up her children, both seven, from their childcare centre.

At times, the teachers have also stayed as late as 9pm, just so they can squeeze in extra time to coach her children in reading or writing, before she and her children head home to their two-room rental flat."

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Nanyang Poly students build portal for parents of special-needs children (10 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — At nine months old, Mr Glenn Tan’s son was diagnosed with global development delay. This set off many questions in Mr Tan’s mind, such as whether his child would be able to get along with his peers or attend a mainstream school.

He shared the anxiety he experienced through a new web portal developed by School of Health Sciences students from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). He said: “Parents are at a loss when their child is first diagnosed with a disability. Through this new portal, (we) are able to gain the emotional support (we) need by hearing from other parents and their experiences, and also be empowered.”

Project Epic (Empowering Parents, Inspiring Children) is an online site specifically designed for parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and global developmental delay, the NYP said in a media release yesterday."

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Attachment parenting gaining popularity in Singapore (11 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Mother-of-two Justine Tan often jokes that her two-year-old daughter is so attached to her that she feels like “an extra appendage”. Besides breastfeeding on demand, the 34-year-old homemaker also sleeps in the same room as her toddler — but on a different bed — and uses a baby carrier while going about her daily chores.

Ms Amber Yong, 33, and Mr Peter Lok, 41, take a similar hands-on approach when caring for their twins. Although both hold full-time jobs, their relatively flexible hours let them look after daughters Leia and Lauren without extra help."

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School staff ‘cannot be with young suspects during police interviews’ (11 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — To make sure police questioning is done in a neutral setting, school staff — such as school counsellors or teachers — cannot accompany a young person under investigation, Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng said in Parliament yesterday.

He was responding to a question from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Daniel Goh on the recent announcement of an Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects — where an independent volunteer trained to spot signs of distress will accompany a child being questioned by the police to provide emotional support and facilitate communication."

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MINDS students take part in One Community Day for first time (16 January 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Usually one to sleep in on weekends, Chan Zi Heng was hard at work early yesterday morning packing bags of groceries to be given out to 2,400 needy households in Marine Parade as part of the constituency’s annual One Community Day.

The 14-year-old, who has delayed intellectual development, was volunteering with 24 of his schoolmates from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore’s Towner Garden School — the first time the school’s students were involved in a community activity of such a large scale."

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