Yearly Archives: 2016


Let students deal with setbacks on their own, says Ng Chee Meng

Give students the space to learn from their mistakes, find their own answers and put in the hard work to make solutions succeed - this was the call from Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng to educators yesterday. This will allow Singapore's next generation to build the resilience to bounce back in a world [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Parents must play part in transforming education system

It had been a long wait but in July this year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced significant changes to the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system. Under the new PSLE system, pupils will no longer be graded on how they perform relative to their peers. The new system, which will come into effect [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Beyond N levels: More applying for poly entry programmes

Schemes that provide alternative routes for N-level students to gain entry to polytechnic - instead of moving on to Secondary 5 to sit the O levels - have been attracting more applications since they were first launched in 2012. Since 2013, the proportion of eligible students who applied for the two-year Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Bigger aptitude-based intakes

Tertiary institutions can now admit more students based on non-academic talent such as art and sports. This year saw the expansion of aptitude-based admissions for five polytechnics and three local universities - National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU). The polytechnics already take in such students through the [...]

By | December 27th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Singapore education system over the years

1960s: Survival-driven phase As Singapore went through decolonisation, it quickly expanded the education programme. Primary and secondary schools were built, and enrolment in secondary schools almost doubled from 1965 to 1970. The basic curriculum was developed and the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) was started. 1970s: Efficiency-driven phase The 6-4-2 education system (six years of [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Dip in cut-off scores for some popular schools

It was marginally easier to get into some popular secondary schools this year, with the minimum entry requirements easing by one to two points. For instance, at both Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution, the cut-off dropped one point to 260 and 259 respectively. The cut-off point is based on the Primary School Leaving Examination [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

N-level results: More students qualify for Secondary 5 compared to last year

More students who took the N-level exams this year qualified to go to Secondary 5. Of the 12,305 students from the Normal (Academic) course who collected their results on Monday (Dec 19), 75.2 per cent did well enough to be promoted to Secondary 5 and go on to take the O-level exams at the end [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Bonding first for the new Meridian

When they return to school on Jan 3 next year, students in Sec 2 to 5 at Meridian Secondary School will not be going for their usual classes during the first four days. It will be an orientation of sorts for the former students of Coral Secondary and Siglap Secondary, which have merged to form [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

17-member advisory panel starts work on compulsory education for children with special needs

A 17-member advisory panel headed by Dr Janil Puthucheary, who is Minister of State for Education, has been appointed to look into the implementation of compulsory education for children with moderate to severe special needs. Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng had announced last month (November) that starting from 2019, this group of children [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

Secondary school posting results to be released on Dec 21: MOE

Secondary One posting results will be released next Wednesday (Dec 21) at 9am, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced in a media release on Wednesday (Dec 14). Parents who previously provided their local mobile phone numbers together with their child's school choices will receive the posting results by SMS. If not, the results can be [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments