Monthly Archives: January 2017


Record number of pupils applied for direct entry to Sec 1 last year

A record number of Primary 6 pupils tried securing a Secondary 1 place in schools of their choice using the Direct School Admission (DSA) route last year, even as the Government is relooking the scheme. The scheme, which grants pupils places in schools before they sit the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), came under criticism [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

New school’s cohort urged to focus on family, criminal law

In a clarion call to the inaugural cohort of SIM University School of Law, Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah urged them to lead the way in realising the school's vision - to fill the impending shortage of family and criminal lawyers. "With this law school, we intend to bring the practice of [...]

By | January 21st, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

Higher demand, enrolment for kindergartens set up by MOE

Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens, which had a muted response at the start three years ago, are now seeing higher demand and enrolments. Last year, there were 1,300 applications for places in the 15 kindergartens, which were set up by MOE to develop fresh approaches and best practices in early education. It was a 50 [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

Best O-level results in at least three decades, 84.3% of students score 5 or more passes

The class of 2016 has set a record. Students who took the O levels last year have outperformed their seniors, with 84.3 per cent of the cohort attaining at least five passes. This surpasses the 83.8 per cent set by the 2015 cohort. Then, it was Singapore's best showing at the national exam in at [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

Ask: JC or poly? The next step after the O levels

For students getting their GCE O-level results, which will be released tomorrow, an important decision awaits. How do they decide on the next step? In the sixth episode of video series askST, The Straits Times' senior education correspondent Sandra Davie offers advice on how to choose between junior colleges and polytechnics. For a start, students [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

Over 90% of poly graduates in 2016 employed within six months, better than 2015

The overall employment rate for polytechnic graduates has increased, an annual survey has found. The Graduate Employment Survey , jointly conducted by Singapore's five polytechnics in 2016, found that the overall employment rate in 2016 was 90.6 per cent for fresh graduates, and 95.4 per cent for post-national service (NS) graduates. The overall median gross [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

1 in 2 Nanyang Polytechnic students going on overseas programmes

Half of Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)'s students go on at least one overseas stint during their time at the school, either on academic attachments or internships at tertiary institutions or companies. NYP's director of student care and guidance Chai Kuek Heng said these overseas programmes "encourage students to go beyond their classrooms and develop a global [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

Singapore tops Asia-Pacific in International Baccalaureate exams with 97.32% pass rate

Singapore has topped the list of Asia-Pacific countries that took the Nov 2016 examinations for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, with a pass rate of 97.32 per cent. The 1,849 students from Singapore who sat the exams scored an average total points score of 38.27 points of the maximum 45 points, IB said in [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

GCE O-level results to be released on Jan 11

The results of the 2016 GCE O-level examination will be released next Wednesday (Jan 11). In a press release on Wednesday (Jan 4), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said school candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2pm. Private candidates will be notified of their results by post on the same day. They [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments

Fee hikes at 200 childcare centres this year

About 200 childcare centres, or 15 per cent of all centres in Singapore, will raise their fees this year, The Sunday Times has learnt. The proportion of the childcare industry raising fees this year is lower than the 20 per cent to 25 per cent in previous years, and comes after the implementation of government [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|News & Events|0 Comments