Singaporean duo win British award for young leaders (15 January 2018)

"Two young Singaporeans have been named winners of the fourth and final Queen's Young Leaders Award.

They join the ranks of a roughly 240-strong network of outstanding youth recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for stepping up to transform the lives of others in their communities."


More than just book-smart (15 January 2018)

"Having watched her father's debilitating battle with Parkinson's disease for the past 11 years, Ashley Ho was inspired to start Parkinson's Grooves, a project under the School of the Arts (Sota).

With a team of 10, she conducted hour-long, bi-monthly movement therapy sessions at the Parkinson's Society in 2016, combining her love for dance with a desire to inspire self-confidence in Parkinson's patients. "Dance is a natural thing to get you moving. We decided to bring that to a larger community," she said."


Yale-NUS liberal arts students can pursue career in medicine with Duke-NUS partnership (16 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE - Liberal arts undergraduates from Yale-NUS College will find it easier to pursue a career in medicine with the launch of a tie-up between the college and Duke-NUS Medical School.

The two schools have jointly launched a new pathway for liberal arts students who plan to go into medicine, in a bid to "shape future clinicians who appreciate the inter-connectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice"."


Generation Grit: She braves a family crisis to emerge stronger (16 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE - My parents became bankrupt when I was very young.

My dad is rather entrepreneurial but his businesses failed often. From a young age, I was always told by my parents that they had no money, so I learnt not to ask for things."


UWC and Tanglin Trust School send out alerts after kidnapping scare (17 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE - Two international schools in the Dover area have alerted parents after two alleged attempts to kidnap their students in January.

Police reports have been filed for both cases."


NTU unveils master's degree in museum course (18 January 2018)

"Singapore's first master's degree in museum studies and curatorial practices was unveiled yesterday, in a move to meet the demand for experts in the growing arts and heritage fields which has seen record crowd numbers.

Offered by Nanyang Technological University, it will groom leaders in the administration, management, interpretation and development of these fields in both the public and private sectors."


Goals of poly grads changing (18 January 2018)

"More polytechnic students are choosing to continue their studies instead of finding work immediately after graduating. This is a preference among diploma holders that has emerged over the last decade, and is also seen in the latest graduate employment survey conducted by the five polytechnics.

The results released last Friday showed that 86.4 per cent of their graduates found permanent, freelance or part-time jobs last year within six months of graduation. This is down from 2016's figure of 90.6 per cent, and the lowest since 2005, when the survey was first conducted."


Students, parents not taking chances even though driver in international school kidnap scare had no ill intent (18 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE - Police have determined that one of the drivers in two kidnap scares involving international students had no ill intent, but students and parents are not taking any chances.

Many students from the two schools that The Straits Times spoke to on Thursday morning (Jan 18) said that the van driver in the case should have been more aware that his actions were alarming. Parents said they would still be cautious."


We Felt It, Mr Loh (6 December 2017)

"Commonwealth Secondary School’s Principal wrote a letter to tell his students about his hopes for them. Here is their reply.

Last year, Mr Aaron Loh wrote his students this letter. In it, the Principal of Commonwealth Secondary School said he felt the same kind of concern for his students’ well-being as a parent would. He also expressed his hopes for them to be idealistic, resilient, and find their calling in life.

Mr Loh is leaving the school at the end of the year to take up a position at the Ministry of Education. His students did not forget his words, and Sean Pang, President of the school’s Student Council, penned a reply on their behalf. This is what it said:

“Dear Mr Loh,

You once wrote a letter to us that said: Being a principal is like being a parent.

I believe all of us here would agree: You’ve indeed been like another parent to us."


The Right Formula (12 December 2017)

"Chian Hwey Miin believes in developing each student not just as a chemical engineer, but also as a better, happier and giving person.

Chian Hwey Miin, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, President’s Award for Teachers 2017 Finalist

Where most people would see a cup of coffee with a cardboard sleeve, Chian Hwey Miin sees an opportunity to teach her students about insulation.

Where people see straws, she sees a way to help her students visualise heat exchangers — devices that help refrigerators and air-conditioners work.

This is how the chemical engineering lecturer of 13 years rolls, using tangible, everyday materials to help her students understand esoteric concepts."


Telling Stories, Teaching Confidence (13 December 2017)

"Norlina bte Ahmadi’s students may be young, but they will stand before large audiences speaking confidently. She believes this will prepare them well for life.

Norlina bte Ahmadi, Anderson Primary School, President’s Award for Teachers 2017 Finalist

When Jody first participated in a speaking competition, she was tongue-tied and unable to hear her own voice. Just two years later, the Primary 2 pupil aced a public speaking contest in the middle of a busy shopping mall.

This makeover is the doing of her English teacher Norlina, who has been hard at work developing the public speaking skills and self-esteem of Anderson Primary School’s students.

It began when Norlina noticed that her Primary 1 students were quite outspoken in the safe environment of the class, but would freeze up when put “on stage” during Show-and-Tell. Together with a team of teachers in the English department, they reviewed the Show-and-Tell programme, making changes to allow students to evaluate their own delivery, and plan their speeches better."


Coding Solutions for Society (20 December 2017)

"Dr Nalaka Edirisinghe doesn’t just want to teach his Temasek Polytechnic students how to write code – he also wants to inspire them to use their talents to help society.

Nalaka Edirisinghe, Temasek Polytechnic, President’s Award for Teachers 2017 Finalist

When the Dyslexia Association of Singapore wanted to expand their outreach in order to identify more children with the condition, it turned to Temasek Polytechnic for help. The polytechnic knew the man for the job: Dr Nalaka Edirisinghe.

As a course manager at the School of Informatics & Information Technology (IT), he had the know-how and the tools. He guided his students to produce a mobile application to teach parents about dyslexia. With the app, parents could also take an online survey as a first step towards identifying children with this condition.

Coding aside, he made sure his students did their groundwork to ensure that the application was accurate. They met with representatives from the Association, visited their specialised tuition centres, and learnt some of the identifying traits of the disorder.

The exercise was right up Dr Nalaka’s alley for another reason: his desire to help his students make a difference. He prefers getting them to work with non-profit organisations, because such organisations gain more from each collaboration than commercial entities which have more resources at their disposal."


Innovating Towards Our Best (22 December 2017)

"Students are mature and willing enough to tackle social issues, from food wastage to hospital care. All they need is some guidance – and Mr Daniel Soh shows how, with a dash of innovation.

Daniel Soh, Cedar Girls' Secondary School, Outstanding Youth in Education Award 2017 Finalist.

I have always believed that education is not just about obtaining paper qualifications or getting a job. It is about discovering our passions, creating an infectious thirst for knowledge, and understanding how we can positively impact society through our strengths.

I discovered I can encourage this mindset in my students by getting them to research certain sectors of society, identify the issues they face, and propose creative solutions for them. In other words, social innovation.

A few months into my first posting at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, I was told my school was setting up a committee to develop and implement a social-innovation curriculum. I signed up despite having no experience in this field because it sounded like very exciting work. "


Wanted: Tech Stars (26 December 2017)

"In industries that need more manpower, employers are looking for people with skills and technical know-how. The classroom training and workplace attachments that students acquire in our Institutes of Higher Learning stand them in good stead.

Think you know what “technical education” is? Odds are you don’t, really. It’s the difference between fixing a normal car on its 30,000km tune-up, and fine-tuning a high-performance road monster like a Maserati.

Automotive technician Zhang Qixian, 31, knows this. He credits ITE for teaching him the know-how and confidence that has helped him develop his career in maintaining performance marques the likes of Ferrari and Maserati.

Before Qixian entered ITE, he had already been working in a small servicing garage for about a year. “I was fascinated by everything,” he says, “but lacked the ability to perform major or advanced repair works.”

Our Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) have long been celebrated for paving pathways to solid jobs across all industry sectors. For instance, almost 87 per cent of ITE’s graduates secured jobs within six months of graduating last year, according to results from the latest ITE graduate employment survey."


Upgrading your way to an MBA (29 December 2017)

"Joseph Samy is a late bloomer who did not make the grade many times in his younger years. But he persevered in upgrading his skills and qualifications. And that has enabled him to move up from being a technician to an engineer now managing a team of 60.

Today, Mr Joseph Samy is an engineer who has an MBA, managing a team of technicians at Singapore Power.

But ask him if he ever thought he would be where he is now, and the 48 year-old laughs.

“Never. I never thought I would become an engineer.”

As a teenager at Naval Base Secondary School, the normal stream student was satisfied to study just enough to pass every exam and move to the next level.

He fared badly for his N-Level exams, not doing well enough to take his O-Levels. His only option was to enrol in the Electrical Fittings and Installation course at the then-Vocational Industrial Training Board (VITB)."


Top 5 Questions Teachers Wish Parents Would Ask Them (8 January 2017)

"Don’t just ask about your child’s grades because the report cards can tell you that. Find out how he’s coping emotionally too.

As a parent, what’s top on your list of questions to ask at Meet-the-Parent sessions?

Are they: Is my child coping well in his studies? Does he need extra help? Is he falling behind on his work?

From conversations with our teacher colleagues, they want you to ask: Do you (teachers) know what motivates him? Which lesson does he enjoy the most? When you take an interest in areas beyond your child’s academics, they paint a more complete picture of how he is doing in school.

Here are the top 5 questions teachers hope parents would ask them.

Is he nice to the people around him?

Does he stand up for his friend who is being taunted? Help his classmate who is struggling with an assignment, without being told by a teacher? We want to encourage him to show kindness, care and consideration for those around him – to be a better person as he grows up."


Making Spaces For Science (10 January 2018)

"Connie Soon believes in a hands-on approach to learning Science, and she has created such an environment at Temasek Primary School.

Connie Soon, Temasek Primary School, President’s Award for Teachers 2017 Finalist

When an indoor sports hall was built at Temasek Primary, Connie Soon quickly claimed a vacant space between the classroom building and the indoor sports hall to start a butterfly garden. For her, it was an opportunity to let her students see the insect’s life cycle unfold with their own eyes.

At another corner of the school, she set up an edible garden which features unconventional means of cultivation such as hydroponics, in which plants are grown in a controlled environment which uses a nutrient solution instead of soil.

There, students get to observe and record the plants’ growth. But there is another purpose to the garden.

At the end of each semester, the vegetables are donated to the Lions Home for the Elders near the school. “We gave them two full baskets and they were surprised by the amount,” says Connie. “It’s amazing how such a small area of 20 square metres could produce so much!”

There will soon be a third Science garden equipped with orchids, to teach hybridisation; and nectar-bearing plants, to sustain the population of the butterfly garden."


The Values Behind The Numbers (17 January 2018)

"For Tan Choon Shing, every mathematical concept is an opportunity to discuss bigger issues about life and society with his students.

Tan Choon Shing, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School, President’s Award for Teachers 2017 Finalist

an Choon Shing does not just teach Maths concepts – he milks them for every learning point he can find.

When teaching the topic of Area and Perimeter to his Primary 3 students, he asks them how they would use their knowledge to set up a school carnival. How would they allocate space in a classroom? How would they find the total area of a particular games stall?

Once they have shown they can apply the concepts, he explains how grown-ups use them.

Housing, for instance, is not only about building more blocks for people to live in. The government also has to cater for space used in transportation, business and recreation, and devise a master plan for the whole country. But it comes down to the same thing: what is a square metre, and how can it be used?

Likewise, after Choon Shing’s Primary 5 students solve a Maths mystery involving a clever burglar, he takes the opportunity to talk to them about how Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. He discusses the rule of law, and the judicial system here."


Release of the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A)- and N(T) Level Examination Results on 18 December 2017 (11 December 2017)

"The results of the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) [N(A)] and Normal (Technical) [N(T)] Level Examinations will be released on Monday, 18 December 2017."


2017 Secondary 1 Posting Results (14 December 2017)

"The Secondary 1 (S1) posting results will be released on Thursday, 21 December 2017 at 9.00am."


Release of the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A)- and N(T)-Level Examination Results (18 December 2017)

"Students who sat for the 2017 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."


Names of Primary and Secondary Schools Merging in 2019 (29 December 2017)

"In April 2017, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that 7 pairs of primary schools and 3 pairs of secondary schools will be merged in 2019. This was done in response to falling live births and to ensure that each school has an adequate number of students for a meaningful educational experience."


Connecting Communities & Bridging Generations Through Our Mother Tongue Languages (4 January 2018)

"The Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism has launched a series of short videos in its continuous drive to encourage the use of Mother Tongue languages among Singaporeans, especially young children. Building on the Fund’s efforts over the past six years in promoting the teaching and learning of Mother Tongue languages, the video series highlights the importance of our Mother Tongue in connecting users’ hearts and minds, by bringing people closer to one another. "


Release of 2017 Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examination Results and 2018 Joint Admissions Exercise for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics, and Institute of Technical Education (5 January 2018)

"The results of the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination will be released on Friday, 12 January 2018. School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.30pm that day. "


Names of Junior Colleges Merging in 2019 (11 January 2018)

"The names of the Junior Colleges (JCs) to be merged in 2019 have been finalised. The merged JCs will adopt a combination of the full names of both colleges, with the name of the older JC coming first to reflect the history and heritage of the JCs."


Release of the 2017 Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Examination (12 January 2018)

"29,112 school candidates sat for the 2017 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination. 99.9% have been awarded certificates."


2018 MOE Kindergarten Open House and Registration Exercise (16 January 2018)

"MOE Kindergartens (MKs) are set up to provide quality and affordable pre-school education for Singaporeans, pilot teaching and learning resources, and establish good practices for sharing with the pre-school sector."


PayNow Pilot for Faster, Easier Disbursement of Edusave Monies to ITE and Polytechnic Students (18 January 2018)

"The Ministry of Education (MOE) will pilot the use of PayNow1 to disburse Edusave Award2 monies to Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic students in 20183 for greater convenience and efficiency, in line with Singapore’s efforts to become a Smart Nation."


MSF to provide opportunities for social mixing: Desmond Lee (3 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Laying out the priorities during his tenure, Mr Desmond Lee — who was appointed Social and Family Development Minister in September last year — has identified the growing class divide, an ageing population and possible social fallout from the economic disruption as key trends that need to be addressed.

The three trends will buffet Singapore with increasing intensity in the coming years, said Mr Lee on Tuesday (Jan 2) in his first media interview since he took on the portfolio.

“Social mobility is still stronger in Singapore than in many other societies, but it is not something we can take for granted”, said Mr Lee, citing a Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) report released last week which found among other things that private housing dwellers tend to mix with people living in the same housing type, instead of those in public flats."


O-level results to be released on Jan 12 (5 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Candidates who sat for their 2017 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination will be informed of their results next Friday (Jan 12).

In a media release on Friday (Jan 5), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said school candidates may collect their results from their respective schools from 2.30pm on Jan 12, while private candidates will have their results posted to them on that day.

Alternatively, private candidates with a SingPass account may obtain their results online via the internet Examination Results Release System (iERRS) on the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website ( from 2.30pm."


NUS to allow non-alumni to take modules, says new president Tan Eng Chye (5 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — The National University of Singapore (NUS) will open up more places for working adults to take up a wide range of modules – allowing, for the first time, those who are not its alumni to sign up, said newly appointed president Tan Eng Chye on Friday (Jan 5).

The proportion of these adults in each class will go up to 20 per cent in the next five years as part of NUS’ effort to “re-imagine teaching and learning for the future”, said Prof Tan at a Shangri-la Hotel luncheon honouring him and his predecessor, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.

“We will customise learning through innovative techniques that include blended classrooms and technology-enhanced learning,” said Prof Tan."


Don’t tread on me: How to tell if your child is being bullied (6 January 2018)

"The recent story of Keaton Jones put the issue of bullying into the spotlight once again. The 11-year-old boy’s mother posted a video on social media which showed him talking about being bullied by a group of children who called him ugly, made fun of his nose and poured milk on his head.

The Tennessee boy tearfully questioned why the bullies did such unpleasant things, then sent a message to other kids who face similar treatment: “Just don’t let it bother you”.

The post was viewed more than 22 million times in just a few days, and attracted the attention of celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham, all of whom applauded his courage in talking about being bullied, as well as his anti-bullying message."


‘Sufficient access’ to P1 places despite priority for MOE Kindergarten children (9 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Education (MOE) is “mindful” of anxieties over the priority in Primary One admission given to children attending MOE Kindergartens, and has designed the process such that others will still have a chance to enrol at the school of their choice.

Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng told Parliament on Tuesday (Jan 9) the process was “deliberately calibrated” such that children attending MOE Kindergartens will not have a better chance of gaining a place in a school, as compared with those whose siblings are already studying there or are alumni.

He added that at least 40 spaces will continue to be reserved for children of volunteers at primary schools, or whose parents are members endorsed by the church or clan directly connected with the school or are active community leaders."


New multi-use smart card for NTU students to make payments, gain entry to facilities (10 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Students at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are getting new smart cards that will enable them to pay for their meals at canteens, book facilities such as sports venues and study rooms, for parking on campus, or to use it for public transport.

Set to replace the old matriculation card, the NTU Smart Pass will double up as the identity card for the 33,000 or so students, as well as for its staff members. The card comes with an embedded “contactless” identity chip, and has a Nets FlashPay function as part of a tie-up with payment solutions provider Nets.

As part of a vision to transform NTU into the “largest smart campus in Singapore”, the card was officially launched on Wednesday (Jan 10) by NTU’s new president, Professor Subra Suresh, at his first university town-hall meeting with staff and faculty members since he took over the reins from Jan 1."


New SUTD Academy offers SkillsFuture courses in cyber-security, data analytics (10 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — More SkillsFuture courses in areas such as cyber-security, data analytics and urban solutions are in the offing, with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) making its foray into continuing education and training.

Launching the SUTD Academy on Wednesday (Jan 10) with 20 new courses, the university said it aims to develop up to a further 40 courses in the next five years.

Three of the 20 new courses have started — one of them as early as last year. The rest are mostly expected to kick off this year."


Merged junior colleges will combine full names of both schools (11 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE – Eight months after news of their mergers sparked a public outcry, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Thursday (Jan 11) the merged junior colleges (JCs) will combine the full names of both colleges, with the older school’s name coming first.

This is to “reflect the history and heritage” of the JCs, it said."


Slew of joint events at merging JCs to ease the transition (11 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Ahead of next year’s mergers, the eight affected junior colleges are already busy planning joint events to ease the transition for staff and students.

At Anderson JC, an open house for prospective students of the future Anderson Serangoon JC will be held this Saturday evening.

Named Neon – short for “The Next Episode of Our Narrative” – the joint open house with Serangoon JC will feature stalls selling finger food, a drone display, subject booths and end with a dance by students of both JCs, said Serangoon JC principal Manogaran Suppiah, who is also principal-designate of Anderson Serangoon JC."


Parents’ illnesses spurred Swiss Cottage Sec alumnus to prioritise (12 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Her father fell ill when she was in Secondary Three; her mother, a year later. Both events shocked 16-year-old Leow Su Qi, causing her to ponder the meaning of life.

“One time on the bus, I sat down and started to think (about) what my goals in life are… and what are the important things I want to achieve in life,” Su Qi, a Swiss Cottage Secondary School alumnus who received her O Level results for two subjects on Friday (Dec 12)."


Wallflower who became student council VP among Fajar Sec’s top scorers (12 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — She had set her heart on joining the student council in Secondary One at Fajar Secondary School, but was unsuccessful because she was not outspoken enough.

After having “a big cry” and with her parents’ encouragement, Wong Zi Qi tried again the following year, and succeeded.

The 16-year-old eventually became vice-president of the student council and is, today, comfortable speaking in front of an audience."


Fewer O-Level students pass 5 or more subjects in 2017 (12 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — After five consecutive years of graduating students topping their predecessors, the proportion of GCE O-Level students who got five or more subject passes last year dipped to 83.4 per cent.

The performance of the 2017 batch was 0.9 percentage points lower than the record 84.3 per cent in the Class of 2016 that secured passes in at least five subjects, and the 83.8 per cent who did so from the 2015 cohort. But it was slightly higher than the 83.3 per cent showing notched by the 2014 batch.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) had previously said that the percentage of students with five or more O-Level passes was well below 83 per cent before 2014."


Employment rate among fresh poly grads dips, but wages rise: Survey (12 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — While the median monthly salary has increased for fresh polytechnic graduates, the employment rate for this group has dipped to an all-time low since data was first collected in 2005, based on the latest Graduate Employment Survey by the five polytechnics here.

The survey found that 86.4 per cent of those who were working or actively seeking work had landed jobs within six months of graduating, a drop from 90.6 per cent in 2016. From 2011 to 2015, the figure hovered between 88.9 per cent and 92.1 per cent.

The rate was 89.8 per cent for graduates who entered the workforce after National Service (NS), which also dropped from 95.4 per cent in 2016."


Watch your kids while he’s watching that screen (13 January 2018)

"Almost everything we do these days involves a screen, and this is true even for children. From gaming to learning about any topic to social media and even schoolwork, children are faced with screens every day. While some of this is a necessary evil of growing up in the 21st century, using gadgets should be curtailed as it could affect your child’s physical and mental health.

Even Apple has acknowledged the possible ramifications of too much screen time on kids. In response to an open letter by the company’s investors titled “Think Differently About Kids”, Apple recently announced it is planning better parental control features in future versions of its iOS operating system.

While too much gadget use could affect young children’s social and emotional development, social anxiety is possible too, although other factors, such as an individual’s personality, previous experiences and environmental conditions, come into play as well. But what exactly is social anxiety?"


Foreign student found dead in A*Star lab (16 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — A foreign graduate student with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School was suspected to have taken her own life early Tuesday (Jan 16) morning at a laboratory under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

Those who knew Katarina Chlebikova said the 26-year-old Slovakian had been troubled over work and relationship issues before her death.

The police said they were alerted to the case at 10.44am on Tuesday. “A 26-year-old woman was found motionless and was pronounced dead by paramedics at scene. Police are investigating the unnatural death,” they added."


Kidnapping scares spook international schools, expat community (17 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Several international schools across the island issued safety alerts to parents and students, triggering widespread concerns, including on social media, following two separate incidents of female students being asked by strangers to board vans on Jan 11 and 16.

Police reports were lodged and there was a heavier presence of cops at some of the schools but the police appealed to the public not to speculate while it looked into the incidents.

And it turned out to be a false alarm for at least one of the cases: The police said on Wednesday evening (Jan 17) that one of the van drivers hauled up for questioning had "no ill intent". The male driver was involved in the Jan 11 incident with a United World College (UWC) Middle School student. TODAY understands that he was trying to offer a lift to the girl as it was raining."


Faster payout for some Edusave Award recipients via new PayNow trial (18 January 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Some 34,000 winners of Edusave Awards can look forward to a faster and more convenient way of receiving the funds via e-payment when a new trial kicks off later this year.

Recipients currently receive cheques at the award ceremonies, which they have to deposit with a bank before the money can be credited to their accounts in about two working days.

Under the pilot initiative announced by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Thursday (Jan 18), award winners will be able to receive the money on the same day via PayNow, a service that allows the customers of seven participating banks in Singapore to send and receive funds from one bank to another, using their mobile number or NRIC/FIN."