Thursday, January 24, 2019

10th Anniversary Celebration of Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme

“文化随意门”计划说明会暨十周年庆典

1. The Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (CPES) - an initiative by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) - celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. More than 260,000 students have benefitted from the CPES, enjoying greater exposure to Chinese arts and theatre.

2. The CPES provides primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions with funding and support to engage their students in Chinese dramas and Chinese-Language related performances by local and overseas arts groups. After students have attended the performances, their schools will design suitable programmes to cultivate the students’ interests in Chinese Language and Culture learning. Through CPES, local arts groups have also been motivated to continuously improve the quality of their performances.

3. More than 300 teachers from 253 schools attended the CPES Briefing and 10th Anniversary Celebration, held on 24th January 2019 at the Ministry of Education. Chairperson of CPCLL and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Low Yen Ling, was the Guest-of-Honour.

4. At the event, teachers from Punggol Green Primary School shared how CPES has benefitted their students, while veteran theatre expert Su Junying offered her professional views on how the scheme can enhance students’ learning experience and deepen their appreciation of the arts. Sin Feng Xiang Sheng Society, an Arts Group that has been supporting CPES, was also invited for a special performance.

5. For more information on the CPES, please visit www.cpcll.sg.



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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Posting Results for the 2019 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE)

1. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will release the posting results for the 2019 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) on Thursday, 31 January 2019, 9.00am. Applicants can obtain their posting results via the following channels:

2. Applicants posted to a Junior College (JC) or Millennia Institute (MI) need to report to these institutions on Friday, 1 February 2019, 7.30am. Applicants posted to a polytechnic or an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) course will receive further instructions via an enrolment package which the institutions will mail to them.

Appeals

3. Applicants who wish to appeal for a transfer to another JC should approach the JC of their choice directly. The JC has the discretion to consider the application if it has available vacancies, and if the applicant meets its course cut-off point for this year’s exercise. Applicants who wish to appeal for a transfer to MI should also approach MI directly.

4. Applicants who wish to appeal for a transfer to another Polytechnic or ITE Higher Nitec course may do so through the JAE Online Appeal Portal for polytechnic and ITE Higher Nitec courses, at https://jaeappeal.polytechnic.edu.sg. Students who were not posted to any course during the JAE are also encouraged to submit an appeal through the same portal. Applicants can submit an appeal from Thursday, 31 January 2019, 9.00am to Thursday, 7 February 2019, 4.00pm, and appeal outcomes will be released on Thursday, 21 February 2019, 12.00pm.



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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cultivating the Joy of Playing Sports for Life: Enhanced Junior Division Competitions

1. Following the completion of the National School Games (NSG)’ Junior Division Review in 2018, a suite of enhancements will be implemented across Junior Division competitions by 2021. These enhancements will bring about more learning and developmental experiences for primary school students.

2. As the first formal inter-school competition for our Primary 3 to 5 students, these changes aim to develop in them a sustained lifelong enjoyment and participation in sports. The changes are also part of the Ministry of Education’s continual efforts to strengthen the holistic development of primary school students, by:

  1. Providing more developmentally-appropriate competition experiences to suit the developmental needs of young student-athletes;
  2. Increasing playing opportunities and playing time for young student-athletes to gain game experience; and
  3. Encouraging young student-athletes to enjoy playing sports and appreciate the intrinsic value of sports.

3. Speaking at the 2019 NSG Opening Ceremony, Senior Minister of State for Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat, said, “These enhancements will enable our young athletes to enjoy their sporting experiences, have more opportunities to participate in competitions, and develop character and values through sports.”

4. The suite of enhancements cuts across most sports and can take the form of changes to awards and recognition, competition format, age group division, game format, equipment, and game rules. Some changes have already been rolled out since 2018, with the remainder to be fully implemented by 2021.

STRUCTURAL CHANGES

5. Award and Recognition Systems – To create more opportunities for young student-athletes to be recognised for their efforts and achievements, position-based recognition for individual events will be increased from the current top four positions to the top eight positions, where appropriate. Criterion-based recognition will also be introduced for relevant sports, such as timings for track and field and the number of pin-falls in tenpin bowling, to promote self-improvement, mastery and the importance of striving for goals based on objective targets.

6. Competition Formats – To increase playing opportunities for student-athletes to gain competition experience, competition formats for match-based sports will change from the current ‘single-pyramid’ structure to a tiered competition structure with multiple apexes. In this revised format, all participating teams will play a classification round of competition followed by a tiered round of competition, where they will compete against teams of similar abilities. This allows teams that are otherwise eliminated early in the current knockout competition format to double the number of matches they play.

7. Age Group Divisions – To address individual differences in their maturation and skills development, 11-year-old students will be given the opportunity to play either in the Junior or Senior division in 111 non-contact sports, based on the students’ readiness to be assessed by the teachers and coaches.

TECHNICAL CHANGES

8. Game Formats – To help our young student-athletes master the fundamental game and movement skills appropriate for their age group, changes to some game formats will be made. For example, territorial-invasion games like basketball and floorball will become smaller-sided games played on a smaller court. The revised game formats place less emphasis on complex tactical concepts and allow players to have more touches of the ball. This helps young student-athletes to master their game and movement skills.

9. Sporting Equipment – To allow young student-athletes to grasp the proper playing techniques, some sports will be using more age-appropriate equipment. For example, in tennis, the regular tennis balls will be replaced with orange-dot and green-dot balls, which are slower and have a lower bounce, so that players can focus on mastering the proper strokes.

10. Substitution Rules – To create opportunities for more players to gain competition experience, substitution rules for match-based sports will require most, if not all, substitutes to play at some point in the match.

11. These changes and enhancements are aligned with practices advocated by international sports organisations and found in other countries with positive youth sport practices. They were conceptualised and customised for our schools in consultation with the National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI), relevant National Sports Associations (NSA) and SportSG.

About the National School Games

12. NSG, which runs from January to August every year, is the largest and most extensive annual youth sports event in Singapore, with more than 400 sports championships. This year, about 58,000 student-athletes from more than 365 primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and the Millennia Institute, are expected to take part in 29 different sports2.

13. The NSG provides opportunities to build character, resilience and discipline among our student-athletes, as they pursue sporting excellence. In addition to the NSG 2019 Opening Ceremony, schools will also conduct their own symbolic ceremonies throughout February to enable students to show support for each school’s representatives and appreciate the value of sports participation.


Footnotes
  1. Badminton, Rope Skipping, Sailing, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Tenpin Bowling, Taekwondo (Pomsae; display of routine), Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wushu.

  2. Badminton, Basketball, Canoeing, Cricket, Cross Country, Fencing, Floorball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Netball, Rope Skipping, Rugby, Sailing, Sepak Takraw, Shooting, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Track and Field, Volleyball, Waterpolo and Wushu.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Inaugural Chinese Street Dance Competition to Cultivate Love for Chinese Language

1. As part of our efforts to raise our students’ interest in learning the Chinese Language, the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) and Mandarin edutainment channel, MaxToon, are jointly organising the inaugural Chinese Street Dance Competition (爱上华文街舞比赛) for local primary school students.

2. Aspiring young dancers, aged seven to 12, are invited to participate in the competition to cultivate their love for the Chinese language and culture through music and dance. As part of the competition, they will have to deliver an oral introduction of their dance in Chinese and demonstrate their interpretation of the lyrics of “爱上华文” (the theme song of the competition) through their dance moves.

3. Chairperson of CPCLL, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Low Yen Ling said, “This first-ever Street Dance Competition is a novel way for students to get in touch with the Chinese language through music and dance. Through this experience, they will find the Chinese language modern, relevant and fun. As the students express their understanding of the Chinese songs through dance, we also hope they will gain a new connection and appreciation of the Chinese culture and language.”

4. Mr Eugene Lee, spokesman of MaxToon said, “As a dedicated Mandarin edutainment kids content provider, MaxToon has always been promoting the learning of Chinese in a fun and engaging way. We are happy to be able to work with CPCLL to create this platform to help children develop interest in Chinese through something they like, such as street dance.”

5. Registration is now open. All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents studying Chinese as their Mother Tongue Language in MOE Primary Schools are welcome to join the competition. Students may form a team of five to 10 members and submit a dance video by 22 February 2019. The finals will be held on 23 March 2019 and the top three teams will be featured in the music video of the theme song.

6. Please refer to the Annex for the official competition poster and visit www.cstreetdance.sg for more information.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

Online Process for MOE Kindergarten Registration Exercise & Refinements to Admissions Framework

1. MOE will implement an online process for the MOE Kindergarten (MK) Registration Exercise and make refinements to the MK Admissions Framework.

New Online Registration Process for MKs

2. Currently, parents interested in registering their child for an MK have to physically go to the MK of choice to complete hardcopy registration forms and submit supporting documents. From the coming 2019 MK Registration Exercise, on-site physical registration will be replaced with an online process. Parents will be able to register their child via the MK website at http://bit.ly/2sq1UP4. This provides greater convenience and accessibility for parents as they no longer need to be physically present in the MK of choice.

3. Online registration for the 2019 MK Registration Exercise will open from 9am on 8 February 2019 to 4pm on 11 February 20191. Parents will be informed of the registration outcome by 10 April 2019.

Refinements to MK Admissions Framework

4. With the expansion of MKs into more primary schools, and in recognition of the convenience for parents if their children were to study at the same school premises, we will extend the current eligibility criteria for sibling priority for MK admission to children who have an older sibling in the entire age range from K1 to P6 of the MK/primary school.

5. To balance this expanded sibling priority group with MOE’s commitment to ensure that MKs continue to remain accessible to children from lower-income households, we will swap the current Priority Order 1 (PO1) for siblings with PO2, which reserves one-third of MK places for lower-income households. The new PO is as follows:

  • PO1 will reserve and allocate one-third of places to Singapore Citizen (SC) children from lower-income households living within 1km of the MK.
  • PO2 for SC and Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) children with siblings studying in K1 - P6 of the MK or primary school that the MK is located within, in the year of registration.

6. Finally, for the convenience of staff members of the MK and the primary school that the MK is located within, their children will be given priority within PO3 (for SC children) or PO4 (for SPR children). These changes will take effect from the 2019 MK Registration Exercise. For details on the updated MK Admissions Framework, please see Annex A.

2019 MK Registration Exercise

7. A total of 29 MKs will be participating in this year’s MK Registration Exercise for K1 admission in 2020. Registration is open to SC and SPR children born between 2 January 2015 and 1 January 2016, both dates inclusive.

8. Interested parents are invited to visit the MK open houses on 26 January and 9 February 2019, where they can tour the facilities and learn more about the MKs. Details of the open house for each MK are listed in Annex B.

9. For more information, please visit www.moe.gov.sg/moekindergarten or look through the Frequently Asked Questions at bit.ly/MK_FAQs.


Footnotes
  1. Parents without internet access can approach their MK of choice in person on 11 Feb 2019, from 9am to 4pm, and school staff will guide parents to complete the online registration.



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Sunday, January 13, 2019

32 GCE O-Level Additional Mathematics Candidates Affected by Loss of Paper 2 Scripts in the UK

1. The Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) has been informed by Cambridge Assessment that 32 answer scripts for the 2018 GCE O-Level Additional Mathematics’ Paper 2 were lost in the United Kingdom (UK).

2. The 32 scripts were from two secondary schools – 20 scripts from Nan Hua High School and 12 scripts from Hong Kah Secondary School (12 scripts).

3. The incident occurred on 21 November 2018. A Cambridge examiner was travelling by train from London to the north of England with the 32 scripts in his luggage bag. The examiner’s bag was mistakenly taken by another train passenger. Cambridge Assessment immediately launched an investigation into the loss, and carried out extensive searches through the rail companies and police to locate the examiner’s bag. Unfortunately, the scripts have not been recovered and the search is still on-going.

4. Chief Executive of SEAB, Ms Tan Lay Choo, said, “We were upset and disappointed when we heard the news from Cambridge Assessment, especially since this happened so close to last year’s incident where 238 A-Level H2 Chemistry scripts were stolen in the UK. Cambridge Assessment has expressed its regret over the incident1 and asked SEAB to convey its sincere apologies to the affected candidates. Our priority now is to ensure that the affected candidates are not disadvantaged by the incident, and that they are given a valid and fair assessment for their Additional Mathematics examination.”

Valid and Fair Assessment for Affected Candidates

5. In circumstances where a candidate does not have a mark for a paper, Cambridge Assessment and SEAB have an established procedure to derive a grade for the subject. The key consideration is to ensure that each affected candidate is given a valid and fair assessment.

6. In this case, both Papers 1 and 2 of O-level Additional Mathematics assess content from the whole syllabus, based on the same assessment objectives. To award affected candidates a fair and valid grade, Cambridge Assessment and SEAB took into consideration the 32 candidates’ performance in the other Additional Mathematics paper2, which makes up 44% of the final grade, relative to the entire cohort’s overall performance in the subject. To check for consistency in the affected candidates’ overall performance in Additional Mathematics, Cambridge Assessment and SEAB also considered the candidates’ school preliminary examination results. It is important to note that the derived final grade is not simply a rebasing of Paper 1 from 44% to 100%.

7. Following this procedure, about 91% (29 Candidates) of the affected candidates obtained at least a Pass grade, with about 63% (20 candidates) attaining distinctions, i.e. A1/A2. Almost all the affected candidates had been awarded better or the same grades for the O-Level Additional Mathematics as compared to their school preliminary examinations.

Offer of Re-examination of Paper 2

8. Similar to last year’s incident, Cambridge Assessment and SEAB will offer affected candidates the option of a re-examination of the Additional Mathematics Paper 2 on 15 February 2019. The results of the re-examination will be released by end-February 2019. Details of the registration for the re-examination have been provided by SEAB to the candidates on 14 January 2019, after they had received their result slips.

9. The re-examination of Additional Mathematics Paper 2 will be based on the same curriculum that the candidates had been taught in schools. The re-examination will be pegged at the same standard as the 2018 Additional Mathematics Paper 2. The examination format will also remain unchanged.

10. For candidates who choose to sit for the re-examination, Cambridge Assessment and SEAB will count the better of the two grades, i.e. the better of the awarded grade and the re-examination grade, and this will be recorded as the final grade in their GCE O-Level result slip and certificate.

11. For candidates who did not choose to sit for the re-examination, their awarded grade will be recorded as the final grade in their GCE O-Level result slip and certificate.

Facilitating Off-Cycle Posting

12. MOE and SEAB will also work with the junior colleges, Millennia Institute, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education to consider the candidates’ re-examination results for off-cycle posting to these institutions and courses of study.


Footnotes
  1. Please refer to Cambridge Assessment’s press statement.

  2. 2018 GCE O-Level Additional Mathematics examination format:
    • Paper 1 is a 2 h paper with 80 marks and 44% weighting; and
    • Paper 2 is a 2 h 30min paper with 100 marks and 56% weighting.


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2018 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination Results

1. Students who sat for the 2018 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) Examination have collected their results from their secondary schools today1.

2. The table below gives a comparison between the 2018 and 2017 results:

Year Number of school candidates 1 or more GCE O-Level Passes2 3 or more GCE O-Level Passes 5 or more GCE O-Level Passes
2018 26,750 26,723 99.9% 25,781 96.4% 22,688 84.8%
2017 29,112 29,090 99.9% 28,058 96.4% 24,287 83.4%

Joint Admissions Exercise

3. Students who wish to apply for admission to Junior Colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute, polytechnics, and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may do so via the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their O-Level examination results. The JAE registration will open from 3.00pm on Monday, 14 January 2019 to 4.00pm on Friday, 18 January 2019.

Education and Career Guidance (ECG)

4. Students who need guidance on their education options and next steps can approach their teachers or the ECG Counsellors supporting their schools. Alternatively, students can book an appointment to see an ECG Counsellor at the MOE ECG Centre @ Grange Road from 7 to 25 Jan 2019, by calling the ECG hotline at 6831 1420, emailing MOE_ECG@moe.gov.sg or by making an appointment via the e-Appointment system at http://bit.ly/moe_ecg.

5. In addition, students may wish to refer to the interactive MySkillsFuture portal. The one-stop portal provides up-to-date information on the education options and career development pathways available to students and points them to a range of suitable education and career possibilities. Students may also use the portal to match their interests and aptitudes to specific courses and careers.


Footnotes
  1. The University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the Ministry of Education, Singapore and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) are the joint examining authorities for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Examinations.

  2. Candidates who receive 1 or more GCE O-Level passes will be awarded with a certificate.



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10th Anniversary Celebration of Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme

“文化随意门”计划说明会暨十周年庆典 1. The Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (CPES) - an initiative by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learnin...