Tag: Ministry of education

MOE announced 2020 school term dates and school holiday dates

SINGAPORE — On Tuesday (Aug. 13), the Ministry of Education (MOE) released the start and end dates for the 2020 school year for all levels, and information on school holidays. The MOE announced that the start of the school year for all primary and secondary...

Online petition urges MOE to change “overtly unfair” PSLE scoring system

Singapore — Concerned parents launched an online petition urging the Ministry of Education to reconsider the new scoring system of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) for children exempt from studying mother tongue languages (MTLs). Marianne Wee set up the Change.org petition last Saturday (Aug...

Even kindergarten students are reporting school stress—will reforms in the educational system be enough?

Singapore — Doctors in Singapore are seeing stress in younger and younger children these days, even those who are in Kindergarten, according to one psychologist. The Ministry of Education has introduced broad reforms to change this, but will these be enough to lift the...

Ong Ye Kung: “O”-level syllabus now includes jazz, popular music and music in multimedia

Singapore – Music lovers, make some noise! Jazz, popular music and music multimedia have been included in the "O"-level music syllabus, says Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. Speaking at the finale concert for the Lion City Youth Jazz Festival held at the Singapore Chinese Cultural...

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on a 3-day visit to Indonesia

Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Education Minister, is in Indonesia from today, January 8 (Tuesday) through January 10 (Friday) for an official visit. Ong is scheduled to meet with both business and political leaders and will be visiting the sites of joint projects between Indonesia...

School fees for independent schools to be lowered up to 50% for students from low- and middle-income families starting April 2019

Singapore – At a principal’s appointment ceremony on Thursday (December 27), Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced that starting April next year, children belonging to families of low to middle-income earners will be given bigger subsidies by independent schools. In some cases, the subsidy...

Car crash into Marine Terrace Market stall, Beatty secondary school vice-principal sent to jail

Singapore – Last year, on December 9 at around 12:30 pm, the stall owners of a flower shop located at Marine Terrace Market were in for a big surprise when a car suddenly crashed into their shop. Florist Yeo Lee Eng, 58, was knocked...

Woodgrove Secondary teacher on trial for allegedly pocketing $40,000 from pupils’ payments

Maslinda Zainal, the head of the English Department at Woodgrove Secondary School has been accused of two counts of criminal breach of trust for reportedly pocketing more than $40,000 which students paid for their materials. The first day of her trial was on Wednesday, November...

What would Goh Keng Swee do?

By Yudhishthra Nathan In attempting to envision a new consensus for public institutions and systems post-GE 2011, there has been a desire for reform of our public education system. Before anyone should wish to delve into the intricacies of policy, however, we need to come...

What MOE has done to our kids

Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat has a tough job: correcting the government’s mistakes in education. Three generations of children have grown up looking at education as a series of exams, starting with the Primary Four gifted programme. Now, he tells us: “Focusing on top scorers...