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Jul 23, 2021

Singapore students to receive Covid-19 jab, priority for those taking O, N and A levels

More than 400,000 students will be invited to receive their Covid-19 jabs, with priority given to secondary and pre-university students in graduating cohorts, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced.

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Jul 15, 2021

Singapore MOE announces Free Continuing Education and Training Modules for Class of 2021 and 2020

The Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will offer free Continuing Education and Training (CET) modules to the graduating Class of 2021 from April 2021. This builds on efforts by the Ministry of Education, SkillsFuture Singapore and the IHLs in 2020 to support fresh graduates in broadening their skillsets and accessing more opportunities across different sectors amidst the uncertain economic outlook.

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Jul 5, 2021

MOE schools to tighten safe management measures amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Enhanced measures will be rolled out at MOE kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, special education schools, junior colleges, Millennia Institute and institutes of higher learning (IHLs). Both school-based mid-year assessments and the mid-year GCE O- and A-Level mother tongue language examinations will proceed.

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Jun 23, 2021

Singapore to move schools online as coronavirus cases rise

All primary, secondary and junior colleges will shift to full home-based learning from Wednesday until the end of the school term. “Some of these (virus) mutations are much more virulent, and they seem to attack the younger children,” said Education Minister Chan Chun Sing.

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Jun 15, 2021

Strengthening Learning of Mother Tongue Languages in Singapore

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be offering Higher Malay Language (HML) and Higher Tamil Language (HTL) to Primary 3 (P3) and Primary 4 (P4) students from 2022 and 2023 respectively. This will allow more students to deepen their knowledge and appreciation for these languages and their cultures from an early age.

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Mar 10, 2021

Singapore’s education system to be less exam-focused, more geared to lifelong learning, says education minister

Singapore Education Minister announced that the country is ready to move towards an education model that is less exam-focused. This does not mean that exams and assessments will not play a role in the education system, but that there should be a balance between academics and other learning opportunities.

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Feb 10, 2021

Institutes of higher learning will offer courses to graduates to boost employability during Covid-19 pandemic

Singapore Ministry of Education announces that graduates from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), polytechnics and universities will soon be able to apply for new courses that offer additional professional certificates - advanced diploma certificates, post-diploma certificates or postgraduate certificates.

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Jan 12, 2021

MOE releases range of indicative cut-off points for different types of secondary schools

In the lead up to the new primary school leaving examination (PSLE) scoring system next year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has released the range of indicative cut-off points for different types of secondary schools in Singapore.

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Nov 2, 2020

ITE graduates can earn diploma during NS under new work-study programme

Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates serving their national service as air force technicians can soon earn a diploma while enlisted. The work-study diploma in aircraft maintenance engineering will be conducted over two and a half years.

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Sep 18, 2020

National exams, including PSLE and O levels, will proceed but with Covid-19 special arrangements

Education Ministry and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) announced that four national examinations in Singapore will go on as scheduled, but with special arrangements made to ensure that students and invigilators remain safe from the Covid-19 virus.

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Aug 17, 2020

Students who missed June exams to be fairly assessed

Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) says students who missed parts of the O-and A-level mother tongue language examinations last month because of the Covid-19 pandemic will be fairly assessed and not disadvantaged. This comes after a several students missed their exams due to them testing positive for Covid-19.

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Singapore

Overview

Singapore is an island located in Southeast Asia between Malaysia and Indonesia with a population of 4,450,000 people. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963, but separated in 1965. It is one of the world`s most prosperous countries with strong international trading links. The main religions are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism and Confucianisism. The official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. English is the official language of instruction. Documents are issued in English by the institutions and the Education Council. At the primary, secondary and higher education levels, the school year runs from July to April. Education in the country is overseen by the Ministry of Education.

Education

Primary Education

Elementary education is six years in length, from age six to twelve. The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is awarded upon completion.

Secondary Education

Lower secondary education is four years in length, from age twelve to sixteen. The General Certificate of Education (GCE) Normal “N” Level Examination is awarded after the 9th year oif study. After the 10th year, students sit for the Singapore / Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Examinations (O-Levels).

Higher secondary education is two to three years in length, from age sixteen to eighteen or nineteen. At the end of their studies, students sit for the Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level Examinations (A-Levels).

Post-Secondary Education

First Cycle

Higher education is provided by universities, polytechnics and other schools for public and private training. One to three year Diploma programs are offered in design, business, computer, engineering, maritime studies, mass communication, nursing, radiology, and in technological subjects. Bachelor's degrees require three to five years of study; with admission being based on the GCE A-Level results, bachelor's degrees require a minimum of sixteen years of education.

Second and Third Cycle

The second stage at the university level is the master's degree, requiring one to three years of postgraduate study following the bachelor's degree. The third stage at the university level is the doctoral degree, requiring a minimum of two years following the master's degree.

Teacher Training

The National Institute of Education provides both pre-and in-service teacher education courses at all levels of teacher education. Pre-service courses include a two year Diploma in Education or Physical Education or a four year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a Diploma in Education or Physical Education for non-graduates. There is also a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (primary and secondary) or a two year Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education for graduates. Further education is provided for practice teaching.

Accreditation and administration of education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education Branch.


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