MOE Press Releases

21 October 2016

Ministry of Education Appoints 61 Principals in 2016

1. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be appointing 61 Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony for Principals, which will be held on 29 December 2016. Of these, 13 are newly-appointed Principals (Please refer to Annex for the details).

2. The appointment is an important milestone for the 13 newly-appointed Principals as they assume major responsibilities as leaders in education. For the 48 serving Principals and HQ officers who are assuming new Principalship appointments, it is an affirmation of MOE’s confidence in their abilities to continue guiding our teachers and our students in our schools.

3. The process of systematically appointing and rotating Principals allows schools to benefit from the infusion of fresh perspectives and enables experienced Principals to share best practices across schools. It also gives these Principals the opportunity to take on new challenges as part of their career development.

4. Principals are key to shaping and strengthening the work of our schools. They lead and inspire teachers, and work closely with parents and the community to provide our students with a holistic education.

5. Mr Wong Siew Hoong, Director-General of Education, will present the Letters of Appointment to the Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony. The ceremony will also acknowledge the contributions of retiring Principals and Senior Education Officers from MOE HQ who had formerly served as Principals. Acting Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng, will be the Guest-of-Honour.

 

11 October 2016

Increase in School Fees for Non-Citizens in Government and Government-Aided Schools from 2017

1.The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be revising the school fees for students who are Singapore permanent residents (PR) and international students (IS) in Government and Government-aided schools from January 2017 to further differentiate fees by citizenship. This revision is part of MOE’s periodic review of school fees.

2.School fees will increase by $20 to $60 per month for PR students and by $20 to $150 per month for IS. School fees for students who are Singapore Citizens will remain unchanged. Please refer to the tables below for the current and revised school fees.

Primary School Fees (Per Month)

Nationality 2016 2017 Increase
$ $ $
SC Free Free
PR 110 130 20
IS(ASEAN) 370 390 20
IS 550 600 50

Secondary School Fees (Per Month)

Nationality 2016 2017 Increase
$ $ $
SC 5 5
PR 160 200 40
IS(ASEAN) 550 600 50
IS 800 950 150

Pre-University School Fees (Per Month)

Nationality 2016 2017 Increase
$ $ $
SC 6 6
PR 220 280 60
IS(ASEAN) 800 860 60
IS 1,150 1,300 150

3.The standard miscellaneous fees will remain unchanged.  Please refer to the current standard miscellaneous fees.

Standard Miscellaneous Fees (Per Month)

Level $
Primary 6.50
Secondary 10.00
Pre-University 13.50

 

05 October 2016

10-Year Trend of Educational Performance 2006 – 2015

1. The Ministry of Education releases data annually on the 10-year trend of the performance of our students. The objective is to provide feedback to the community on how our children have fared over the last 10 years.

2. Year-to-year fluctuations are to be expected as each batch of students is different, so it is more meaningful to focus on longer-term trends over 10 years.

SUMMARY: OVERALL 10-YEAR TREND OF EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE (2006 – 2015)

Proportion of Primary 1 (P1) Cohort that Progressed to Post-Secondary Education

3. The proportion of each P1 Cohort that progressed to post-secondary education has remained high, at above 90%.

Performance at the National Exams

4. A-Level. At the A-Level, the overall percentage of students with at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has improved over the last 10 years, from 87% in 2006 to 93% in 2015. The percentage of A-Level students who passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has remained high, at above 90%.

5. O-Level. The overall percentage of students with at least 3 and 5 O-Level passes have remained stable over the last 10 years. The percentage of O-Level students who passed English Language has remained high, at above 85%.

6. PSLE. The PSLE results have remained stable over the last 10 years, both in terms of the overall percentage of students eligible for the Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses, and the percentage of PSLE students who scored A*-C in each subject.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF CHARTS

7. The following charts for the last 10 years (2006 – 2015) are attached:

  1. A chart on the percentage of each P1 cohort that progressed to post-secondary education.1
  2. 3 sets of charts showing the performance of the major ethnic groups in the A- and O-Level Exams and the PSLE.2

PERCENTAGE OF P1 COHORT THAT PROGRESSED TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (CHART A)

8. The percentage of a P1 cohort that progressed to post-secondary education3 has remained high, at above 90%. See Chart A.

PERFORMANCE IN A-LEVEL (CHARTS B1 – B3)

Performance by Overall Measure

9. The percentage of A-Level students who obtained at least 3 ‘A’/‘H2’ passes and passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has increased over the last 10 years (from 87% in 2006 to 93% in 2015). See Chart B1.

Performance by Subject

10. The overall pass rates in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 90%. See Charts B2 and B3.

PERFORMANCE IN O-LEVEL (CHARTS C1 – C5)

Performance by Overall Measure

11. The percentage of O-Level students with at least 3 O-Level passes has remained high, at around 95%, while the percentage with at least 5 O-Level passes has remained above 80%. See Charts C1 and C2.

Performance by Subject

12. The overall pass rates for English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Math have remained high and are comparable with the previous years (above 85%, 95% and 85% respectively). See Charts C3 – C5.

PERFORMANCE IN PSLE (CHARTS D1 – D5)

Performance by Overall Measure

13. PSLE candidates continued to perform well, with an overall percentage of students eligible for the Express, N(A) or N(T) course above 95%. See Chart D1.

Performance by Subject

14. The overall percentage of PSLE students who scored A*-C in English Language and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 95%, while the percentage who scored A*-C in Mathematics and Science has remained above 80% and around 90% respectively. See Charts D2 – D5.

Footnotes
  1. The percentages are based on students who were enrolled in P1 10 years ago.
  2. The percentages are based on school candidates who sat for the respective exams.
  3. Junior Colleges, Centralised Institute, Polytechnics, ITE, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and other private education institutions. The figure takes into account students who left the country

04 October 2016

Aptitude-Based Admissions to Better Recognise Students in Crest and Spectra Secondary Schools

1. Students from Specialised Schools for Normal (Technical) (SSNT) students who perform well1 for their Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Skills Certificate (ISC) will be considered favourably for early admission to relevant Nitec courses through the ITE Special College Admissions Scheme (SCAS). This will be implemented starting from 2017’s GCE N(T)-Level cohort.

2. The ISC curriculum in the SSNTs is specially customised to prepare students for progression to post-secondary skills training at ITE and for employment. Hence, these students will be considered as having demonstrated the necessary aptitude required for the mapped Nitec courses. This is in line with the greater emphasis on aptitude-based admissions and encouraging students to pursue courses based on their strengths and aspirations.

3. ITE will make conditional offers to successful SCAS applicants based on a holistic assessment of students’ aptitude. Their ISC performance, recommendations from schools, achievements in co-curricular activities, and socio-emotional competencies will also be taken into account. These offers are then subject to applicants meeting the Minimum Entry Requirement of the course after the release of the GCE N(T)-Level examination results, similar to students from mainstream schools.

4. More information on SSNTs and ISCs can be found at the Annex A.

Footnotes
  1. Students’ performance in the ISC is based on their Grade Point Average (GPA) and how well they do in the Industry Experiential Programme.

 

03 October 2016

6th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Education Ministerial Meeting

1. Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Education, will attend the 6th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) in Lima, Peru, from 4 to 6 October 2016.

2. The AEMM, held once every four years, brings together Education Ministers from the 21 APEC member economies, to share perspectives on education and discuss proposals for educational cooperation. The 6th AEMM will focus on discussions on the main theme “Inclusive and Quality Education”, specifically in the areas of developing competencies in our students to meet future needs; promoting Science, Technology and Innovation capabilities in education; and improving the transition from education to work to increase employability.

3. Dr Janil Puthucheary will also have bilateral meetings with other APEC Education Ministers on the sidelines of the 6th AEMM.

 


These articles were taken from the MOE site.

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