Hard work for PSLE pays off (21 March 2017)

"A rainy day used to spell trouble for Dhaniyah Qasimah Zamri Abdullah, who would have to endure a week in damp shoes because she did not have another pair.

From today, the Bowen Secondary School student will have a pair of dry shoes no matter the weather."

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Partner schools widen gate of friendship (22 March 2017)

"Fernvale Primary School and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore's (Minds) Fernvale Gardens School yesterday launched a new buddy reading programme to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day.

Since 2010, the two schools have been linked by a satellite partnership - as well as a physical gate, known as the "Friendship Gate" - that aims to facilitate interactions between pupils."

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Sharity goes online to click with kids (22 March 2017)

"Waves of nostalgia hit teacher Rebekah Foong as she watched Sharity the cuddly Community Chest (ComChest) mascot walk on stage to squeals and laughter from pupils at Methodist Girls' School (MGS).

Sharity the pink elephant - a familiar figure to people like Ms Foong who grew up here in the 1980s and 1990s - was making a guest appearance in the school hall."

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'Learning should come easily, like breathing': Harvard University president Drew Faust (24 March 2017)

"In a conversation with outgoing National University of Singapore (NUS) president Tan Chorh Chuan on Tuesday, Harvard University president Drew Faust was struck by how alike their challenges are.

Harvard is ranked the world's sixth-best university, while NUS is 24th globally and Asia's best."

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Fear of foreigners shunning US universities (24 March 2017)

"Harvard University is one of many American universities rattled by United States President Donald Trump's two executive orders banning citizens from up to seven countries with mostly Muslim populations from entering the US for up to 90 days.

On her first trip to Singapore earlier this week for a gathering of more than 400 Harvard alumni from as far as Russia, Harvard's president Drew Faust told The Straits Times that these travel bans were "devastating" not only to many international students and scholars, but also to the very idea of a university."

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Students pick up cycling skills in school tie-up (25 March 2017)

"Joanna Lee, 16, had never ridden a bicycle before she arrived at the Pasir Ris Sports Centre yesterday.

Nor had the 50 other students from St Anthony's Canossian Secondary who, like her, were taking part in a six-hour Learn-to-Cycle course conducted by the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF), on how to ride a bike around a circuit."

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New preschool in Kallang has children and elderly learning together (25 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE - Walk by a new childcare centre in Kallang and you might see elderly seniors teaching young children calligraphy.

The newly-opened PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots Preschool at Kolam Ayer Block 8 is one of the few childcare centres in Singapore with multi-generational activities, where the young and old interact over activities including arts and craft and exercise sessions. "

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Traditional degrees can remain relevant in new economy: SMU president Arnoud De Meyer (25 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE - In the economy of the future, traditional degrees like literature or the languages can still retain their relevance, said Singapore Management University (SMU) president Arnoud De Meyer on Saturday (Mar 25).

Citing an example of how people who have studied languages and writing might be needed by video game companies to craft storylines for games, Prof De Meyer urged young people to follow their passions when making decisions about their careers, instead of worrying excessively about which jobs would be rendered obsolete."

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Inspiring young women to 'dream big and loud' (26 March 2017)

"Successful women, including Singapore sprint queen Shanti Pereira, headlined the annual Her World Young Woman Achiever forum as panellists yesterday.

The 21-year-old was among seven women who shared their stories of success with more than 100 participants at the event at Millenia Walk."

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Call for more course flexibility at varsity level (26 March 2017)

"Singapore Management University board of trustees' chairman Ho Kwon Ping said Singapore's higher education system, which largely follows a "relatively antiquated" British system of requiring students to decide on a major when they apply to university, contradicts its own philosophy of getting Singaporeans to see education as a lifelong exercise.

"We talk a lot, even at undergraduate level, about how we shouldn't pigeonhole students when they are so young," said Mr Ho."

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Poly students win recognition for R&D breakthroughs (27 March 2017)

"With their novel sunlight-activated larvicide, four students from Republic Polytechnic (RP) are turning up the heat in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

Their project was among the 10 that were recognised with a Polytechnic Student Research Programme (PSRP) Award, given out in a ceremony at Ngee Ann Polytechnic's auditorium last Wednesday."

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Don't listen to those who say you've no singing talent (27 March 2017)

"A Hungarian movie titled Sing recently won the Oscar for best short film. It tells the story of young Zsofi, who joins a renowned children's choir at her elementary school where "everyone is welcome".

Soon after joining, she is told by her teacher Erika not to sing but only to mouth the words."

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Health over the years (27 March 2017)

"In 1992, the Ministry of Education launched the Trim and Fit (TAF) scheme to help reduce the overweight and severely overweight levels in schools and pre-universities, and improve the physical fitness of students.

This meant annual fitness tests for all students; TAF clubs in schools with fitness programmes for overweight, severely overweight and unfit students; labels for healthy food in canteens; and a fitness index for each school - based on the percentages of students who passed the National Physical Fitness Award test and students who were within the acceptable weight range."

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Students' kit can detect Zika and dengue faster (27 March 2017)

"A team from the Singapore Polytechnic has devised a kit to detect and distinguish between Zika and dengue infections.

With the possibility of both Zika and dengue infections circulating in Singapore concurrently, the team of three Diploma in Biomedical Science students created a faster method of diagnosis than the existing technology, which takes two to four hours."

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A taste of kampung life (27 March 2017)

"Those who can hear my voice, please gather around me."

A voice as cheery as the surrounding sunflowers rang out in the cool morning air, bringing people out of the wood workshop, the farm and elsewhere, to gather and introduce themselves to one another."

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MDIS unveils studio for culinary-related courses (29 March 2017)

"Aspiring chefs at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) can now practise their knife skills and bake delicate pastries in a kitchen that is on a par with professional standards.

The school yesterday unveiled a new bakery and culinary studio as part of a move to introduce more practical, skills-based curricula for people keen to enter the hospitality as well as the food and beverage sector. The facilities cost $250,000."

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Nanyang girls get into character for centenary film (29 March 2017)

"Talk about method acting.

When Nanyang Girls' High School students Cheyenne Tso, 15, and Yan Bin Bin, 14, were given roles in their school's anniversary film, they had their hair cut short."

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Failing doesn’t make one a failure (8 March 2017)

"Failing an exam is an ordeal which often makes students feel helpless and unmotivated, and can possibly dent their self-confidence.

For Ms Neo Jie Qi, passing a Math test or exam in secondary school seemed like an unattainable dream.

“No matter how hard I tried, I always failed Mathematics badly! Once, I scored 12 out of 100 marks. I practiced harder, but I still failed. I started to loathe the subject and procrastinated when it came to doing my Math homework. I was also stressed by the expectations of parents, teachers and peers,” said Jie Qi. "

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Take A Bow (10 March 2017)

"While her friends in the drama club enjoy the limelight and applause onstage, Brenda Lee finds satisfaction in exercising her creativity backstage — through scriptwriting.

When the time for the curtain call came, Brenda Lee from Deyi Secondary School stood with the cast on stage to take their bow as the audience applauded and cheered. It was her first stage production with the school’s drama club as a Secondary One student and she felt an unexpected sense of satisfaction. Up until that moment, she had not seen herself as being part of the performance. After all, she thought, she was only helping to move the props on stage.

“When I first started out, I was very unhappy,” Brenda says. “I had this mindset that backstage crew is not important.” But that night, when everyone including the supporting cast and crew were invited to accept the applause, she felt proud of what they have accomplished as a team."

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Helping Our Children Make Mistakes (14 March 2017)

"Ascott Limited CEO Lee Chee Koon sat on the recent Government-led committee that seeks to prepare Singaporean workers for the future. How does the father of three hope to prepare his own children?

Like any parent, Mr Lee Chee Koon worries about his children’s future. But he does so with particularly good reason: The father of two boys and a girl, aged 2 to 6, also happens to be the CEO of a serviced-residence business with operations in 27 countries. And he was on the Committee on the Future Economy's Sub-committee on Jobs and Skills.

He’s got a vantage point that many other parents may not have. And what he sees doesn’t make him comfortable. Because he sees extraordinary hunger and drive in job-seekers from countries like China, where he was based for four years; and Spain and Italy, where high unemployment levels are pushing youth to look for opportunities overseas."

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Providing Greater Flexibility with Subject-Based Banding (17 March 2017)

"When Graphael How, a Secondary Two student at St Theresa’s Convent, was offered the chance to take Mathematics and Science at a higher-level, she was apprehensive if she could manage the subject although she had done well for both subjects during PSLE.

With the support and advice from her parents and teachers, she decided to muster her courage and give it a try.

“I was glad that my parents and teachers were supportive and encouraging. Initially, it was challenging to cope but their motivation inspired me to strive harder and the sense of achievement propelled me to continue doing my best,” said the fourteen year-old."

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Different pathways towards success (20 March 2017)

"To ensure a child’s transition from primary to secondary school to be a happy and positive experience, it is important to choose a school that will best benefit your child’s learning, development and most importantly, their interest and needs.

A journey through music

Asyura Bte Rahman, a Secondary One student from Swiss Cottage Secondary School, developed a love for music when she was in Yuhua Primary School. She grew to be a proficient euphonium player with the school’s brass band and by Primary Four, she had decided to opt for a secondary school that had a military band."

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How ICT can help Your Child learn Mother Tongue Languages (21 March 2017)

"Mastering a language is not easy. In today’s context, English is used more often at home, which makes mother tongue languages harder to master.

According to research, the average time spent with screen media outside the classroom among 8- to 18-year-olds is more than twice the average amount of time spent in school each year. So while learning mother tongue languages in the classroom can ground them in the basics, out-of-class ICT experiences are crucial."

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The Motivational Quotient (28 March 2017)

"What keeps children going? For Sarabjeet Kaur’s students, variety is the spice of their lives.

Sarabjeet Kaur d/o Hardip Singh, Anderson Primary School, President’s Award for Teachers 2016 finalist

n Sarabjeet’s class, chopsticks, pincers, straws and spoons are laid out on a table. She gets her students to use these tools to pick up various pieces of food. Some succeed, others don’t, but all of them laugh and learn.

It’s a Science lesson on the kinds of beaks that birds have, and how they eat with them. But at its heart is an understanding that children, too, are different – each with their own motivation and learning needs."

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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Recommendations by the NurtureSG Taskforce (23 February 2017)

"The NurtureSG Taskforce has developed a holistic suite of recommendations to enhance the health outcomes among our children and youth, with focus on the key areas of physical activity and nutrition, mental well-being, and sleep health. The recommendations were submitted to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE) in mid-February 2017 and have been accepted."

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Building Resilience Together Through Enhanced Outdoor Education Curriculum (23 February 2017)

"Following the Ministry of Education’s announcement of the National Outdoor Adventure Education Master Plan in 2016, MOE, together with MCCY, has now launched the first phase of its five-day MOE-OBS Secondary 3 Programme, held at Outward Bound Singapore (OBS)’s premises at Pulau Ubin. This drive towards Outdoor Education (OE) is part of MOE’s wider efforts to promote the holistic development of students."

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Release of The 2016 Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level) Examination Results (24 February 2017)

"12,538 students sat for the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) Examination as school candidates. 11,612, or 92.6%, received at least three H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry."

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New Skillsfuture Work-Study Degree Programmes to be launched at SIT and UniSIM In 2017 (27 February 2017)

"The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and SIM University (UniSIM) will launch new SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes in selected growth sectors this year. These new programmes will feature increased employer involvement, and are co-developed and co-delivered with 12 partner companies. The 12 companies comprise a mix of local companies (including a small and medium-sized enterprise), multi-national corporations (MNCs), and government agencies."

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Many Paths, New Possibilities: Expanding Pathways & Support for Lifelong Learning (7 March 2017)

"At the Committee of Supply Debate 2017, the Ministry of Education (MOE) outlined a 5-year plan to transform the higher education and lifelong learning landscape. Efforts will be made to expand education pathways to support individuals in discovering and pursuing their strengths and interests, and developing mastery in their chosen fields. These initiatives are in line with the national SkillsFuture movement, and the recommendations of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) to provide individuals with opportunities to develop and deepen their skills."

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Many Paths, New Possibilities: Nurturing Our Students’ Aptitudes & Enhancing Their Access to Opportunities (7 March 2017)

"In line with the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s continuous efforts to support an inclusive education ecosystem with opportunities for all, so as to nurture a nation of well-rounded lifelong learners, where every individual matters, MOE will be implementing the following initiatives:

A. Expanding of Subject-Based Banding at Secondary Level;

B. Refocusing of Direct School Admission policy to better align with its original intent;

C. Ensuring secondary schools remain open to all;

D. Providing more financial support for post-secondary students"

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Launch of Cultural Performance Exposure Fund 2017 (16 March 2017)

"The Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC) has launched a Cultural Performance Exposure Fund which will be available to all mainstream primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and Millennia Institute. This fund will enhance support to schools in encouraging students to experience and enjoy local cultural performances in Malay."

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SIM University to be Renamed Singapore University of Social Sciences (17 March 2017)

"17 March 2017 – With effect from today, SIM University (UniSIM) will be renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as part of its restructuring into Singapore’s sixth Autonomous University (AU)."

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From EM3 to honours graduate (25 February 2017)

"When Miss Felicia Yeoh, 26, was assigned to the EM3 stream in Primary 5, she cried.

So did her mother.

Her relatives looked down on her and made snide remarks about her grades.

Yesterday, Miss Yeoh was all smiles. The audit associate at Ardent Singapore graduated with a bachelor's degree with honours in accountancy from the Singapore Institute of Technology."

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Teens get confidence boost through participation in the arts (3 March 2017)

"It's not common for teenagers to admit that they've done wrong and are working to better themselves.

But a group of 17-year-olds with a passion for the arts have done just that and are changing things up."

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More children and teens are stressed out (14 March 2017)

"Last year, a Primary 5 pupil fell 17 floors from his bedroom window on the day he was supposed to take his exam papers home.

He had never fared poorly in his examinations from Primary 1 to 4, and scored an average of 70 marks."

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NUS students help seniors age well at home (20 March 2017)

"Each day, retired construction worker Goh Chek Eng needs to take a mind-boggling array of pills: 11 in the morning and 4½ at night, for a host of health issues ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes. He is also in charge of his 72-year-old wife's medicine for hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

It is hard enough for the 74-year-old to remember to swallow his pills, let alone recall which to take with or without food. "I get a headache trying," he said in Mandarin, adding that he used to just down them randomly when he "felt" he needed to, a practice which could be even more harmful than skipping the medication altogether."

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Teacher's 2nd bid to conquer Everest (23 March 2017)

"Teacher Yusrina Ya'akob has a second chance to give Singapore the present she had been planning for its 50th birthday.

Two years ago, she was the co-leader of Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest, which saw its ascent up the mountain cut short by an avalanche. Her team wasat the 5,500m mark, more than halfway through the 8,848m climb."

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Going beyond the classroom (14 March 2017)

"Different people are great at different things, said Melvin Teo. The 24-year-old had an epiphany that if he wants to succeed in life, he should pursue things that he is good at.

Although Melvin has a chemical engineering diploma from Temasek Polytechnic, he was more passionate about life sciences than engineering."

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Schoolings to launch academy to boost Singapore sport (15 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Their dedication to their son’s Olympic gold medal dream saw a victory in Rio de Janeiro that inspired and galvanised a nation.

Now, swimmer Joseph Schooling’s parents, May and Colin, want to do more for Singapore with a new sports academy they are launching. Called the Schooling Sports Academy, it aims to raise the level of sports here."

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Bigger role for female religious teachers in fighting extremism (15 March 2017)

"Their main role in the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) was to counsel the wives of Jemaah Islamiyah detainees, but with the advent of the Islamic State, female RRG counsellors are seeing more girls and young women influenced by extremist ideology, and now take on a bigger role in educating the masses.

Plans are afoot to expand the pool of female religious teachers in the group and enhance their role in its counter-ideology efforts. Nine of about 44 RRG members are women."

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DSA revisions laudable, but challenge lies in transparency (17 March 2017)

"Earlier this month, Minister of Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng announced changes to the Direct School Admissions (DSA) scheme.

Starting next year, all secondary schools will be able to admit a higher proportion (up to 20 per cent) of their secondary one intake through the DSA."

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Singapore beats Silicon Valley for start-up talents: Survey (21 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE — The Republic has the best start-up ecosystem for talents in the world, even beating Silicon Valley, according to a survey of 10,000 start-up founders across more than 100 cities.

Singapore came up tops in the talent category in the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report and Ranking by Startup Genome, breaking “a quasi-monopoly” by Silicon Valley at the very top."

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Funds in 48 hours for kids in distressed families (26 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Children in families hit by distressing situations, such as a divorce or death of a breadwinner, can now receive short-term financial relief in 48 hours in the Toa Payoh East-Novena division, as part of an initiative to help families tide over dire straits.

The Quick Action Aid scheme, launched on Sunday (March 26), will help families who have yet to get financial aid from an agency or voluntary welfare organisation, and where parents cannot provide for their children’s daily needs, among other criteria."

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Photography, music help children with disabilities connect with society (27 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Photography and music may be serious endeavours for some, but they are also tools for integrating people with disabilities into the community.

The past weekend saw the finale of two projects that had used these activities as lenses to the hearts and minds of those living with autism, as well as children with cerebral palsy and other developmental delays."

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More online addicts seek overseas boot camps to kick habit (29 March 2017)

"SINGAPORE — It took a US$48,000 (about S$67,000) overseas detox programme for 23-year-old Bernard Lim (not his real name) to kick his gaming addiction.

Living every waking moment in a virtual world wreaked havoc on his real life; he hardly slept or socialised, and dropped out of university twice."

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