Tag: Ong Ye Kung

New curriculum will allow Poly students in S’pore to graduate a year earlier

Singapore – A new programme to be offered to Polytechnic students in 2020 will allow them to graduate a year early. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced on July 12 (Friday) during a work-learn carnival at Nanyang Polytechnic that starting next year, a new “through-train”...

S’poreans irate after learning MOE spent S$130 million on foreign student scholarships & annual funding

Following the revelation that in the past five years, Singapore’s government spent about S$130 million per year on international students studying in local schools and autonomous universities, Singaporeans online were an unhappy bunch. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung cited the following statistics in a Parliamentary...

Ong Ye Kung: Public trust towards institutions is weakening; digital technology causing profound changes

Singapore – Speaking at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine 2019 Medical Dinner, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung tackled the issue of trust on institutions and how it is weakening in today’s age. On July 3 (Wednesday), Mr Ong Ye Kung was...

Radio DJ barred from giving TED talk at Singapore poly because of LGBTQ+ themes

Joshua Simon, a radio presenter at Kiss92 FM, had his recent TED Talk cancelled because of the LGBTQ+ themes it contained. TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, and Simon was set to speak at Singapore Polytechnic....

Over half of secondary and primary schools abolishing midyear exams one year ahead of schedule: Ong Ye Kung

Singapore — Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on May 28, Tuesday, that over 90 percent of secondary schools and over 50 percent of primary schools will be scrapping the midyear examinations for Secondary 3 and Primary 3 and 5, respectively. Mr Ong said that...

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...

Ong Ye Kung to academic activists—If disagreement from Government ‘has a chilling effect, please chill’

Singapore— Education Minister One Ye Kung took part in the debate on the country’s anti-fake news bill, which was passed late on Wednesday night, after a fourteen-hour discussion that took place over two days. Mr Ong sought to put to rest the concerns some academics...

Ong Ye Kung: NUS penalties given out in Monica Baey case were “manifestly inadequate”

Singapore—In the wake of public discontent over how the National University of Singapore (NUS) handled a recent case of sexual misconduct, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has spoken out, calling the penalties “manifestly inadequate.” In a Facebook post dated April 22, Monday, Mr Ong said...

Ong Ye Kung: SAP schools must ensure their students are exposed to people from different backgrounds

Singapore—The country’s Education Minister, Ong Ye Kung, emphasized how important it is that schools are communities that give students ample opportunities to meet and interact with pupils from various races, since this is reflective of the multicultural nature of Singaporean society. Special Assistance Plan (SAP)...

DreamFund to help students from low-income families

Singapore – On March 27 (Wednesday), National University of Singapore (NUS) students submitted the winning entry for an essay competition for NUS’ U@live forum titled  “Education – Still a Social Leveller?”. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung was a key panelist and a proposal to help...