Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label education. Show all posts

Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School teacher allegedly assaulted primary five student - report

All Singapore Stuff, 23 May 2014
Today I was at work when I received a phone call from Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School. My brother a P5 student was abused by a relief teacher named "Miss Belinda".
My brother was bleeding on his nose and had scratches on his back. When my parents and sister went down to the school, the Principal and the Form teacher were professional and very helpful in the situation.
However, the relief teacher remained arrogant and did not wish admit to her mistake and kept pushing the blame to my brother. It was only until my brother's classmates came to his defense and gave their witness accounts that "Miss Belinda" apologised very unwillingly.
My brother went to the hospital for treatment and I wrote this just to inform all the parents about this relief teacher Miss Belinda and to warn your children to to be aware of this violent teacher. Link

Corruption trial reveals school principals frequently being sent overseas to recruit foreign students as scholars

Channel News Asia, 20 May 2014
SINGAPORE: Former Maris Stella High Principal Anthony Tan Kim Hock today (May 19) pleaded guilty to nine charges of misappropriating school funds.
He admitted to misappropriating funds amounting to S$66,950.50 between 2004 and 2009.
The court heard that when the 67-year-old was Principal of the school, he made frequent business trips to China for official networking and scholars' recruitment trips, and to London, Bangkok and Hong Kong for conferences. Full story

Singapore government rewrites history taught in secondary schools to make Singaporean youths integrate better with foreigners

New York Times, 11 May 2014
Singapore has rewritten the history taught in secondary school to expand the story of the island state’s birth.
While earlier generations learned a narrative that essentially started in 1819 with the British colonial administrator, Sir Stamford Raffles, stumbling upon a sleepy Malay fishing village, 13-year-olds now learn of a golden age that started 500 years earlier.
The new story, introduced in January, brings into focus a 300-year period, from 1300 to 1600, when Singapore was a thriving multinational trading hub, with an estimated population of 10,000.
An education ministry official who declined to be named, in line with government policy, called the change a “shift” rather than a rewrite, saying it allowed students to “explore Singapore’s origin as a port of call and her connections to the region and the world.” Full story

LETTER: Secondary school forcing students to distribute flyers promoting SBS feeder service at bus stops

All Singapore Stuff, 30 Apr 2014

I hope you can share this and let the general public know how MOE and Transport ministry are making use of our children.
My son is a student in Ping Yi Secondary School. The school has asked my son and his friends to distribute flyers to the public at bus stops to raise awareness about the new feeder bus service 222 in Chai Chee.
This is outrageous! Why do you need to use students to raise awareness of a profit driven organisation? Their exams are also around the corner. Why are the transport authorities so desperate now? Link

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat avoids answering simple question in Parliament on FT students defaulting their state-sponsored scholarships

TR Emeritus, 25 Feb 2014
At a parliamentary sitting last Friday (21 Feb), Workers’ Party (WP) MP for Hougang Png Eng Huat posed a question to Education Minister Heng Swee Keat with regard to foreign students who defaulted on tuition grants.
Foreign students who receive tuition grants are required to work in a Singapore-based company for 3 years upon graduation as part of their agreement with the Singapore government.
Mr Png asked:
From 2010 to 2013,
(a) What is the total amount of tuition grants given to international students in the polytechnics and publicly-funded universities who defaulted on their agreement to work in a Singapore-based company for three years upon graduation; and
(b) what actions are taken to recover the tuition grants.
Mr Heng replied that most of the foreign students who graduated between 2010 and 2013 complied with the agreement they signed.
Mr Heng said:
About 8 in 10 international students who received tuition grants in our polytechnics and autonomous universities had either started serving their tuition grant bonds promptly upon graduation and contribute immediately to Singapore’s economy, or have been granted approval by MOE to defer their service obligation to pursue further studies.
This does not mean that the remaining international students are in default. Some did not start work immediately upon graduation as they have gone overseas for further study but did not seek deferment approval from MOE, some are in the midst of seeking deferment approval, and some are still seeking employment.
These were the exact words of Mr Heng replying to Mr Png.
Full story

Why can’t Heng answer a simple question? - TR Emeritus

AEC Education fails to win accreditation in Singapore, 10 Feb 2014
AEC Education has failed to win reaccreditation at its Singaporean college, casting doubt over the future of its operations in the country.
In August, the college had its licence to recruit foreign students to its MBA programme suspended. This was because of compliance problems, mostly related to the English language entry requirements of students .
The firm reapplied in November, but today confirmed it had been unsuccessful. While it is free to reapply again, it said, it will be reviewing “the requirements to be met” and the potential financial impact on the company. Full story

OPINION: Singapore’s education system: The truth behind the myth - Jess C. Scott

The Malaysian Insider, 31 Jan 2014
When I was growing up in Singapore – I migrated to the US when I was twenty – what caused me a lot of grief was the education system.
I don’t have a vendetta against the schools I attended. Some teachers really cared about students, in a way which went beyond how the students were performing academically.
It is the education system itself which I don’t remember fondly.
I always feel disheartened with reports in the establishment media that paint a rosy picture of Singapore’s education system (like here, here, and here). Few of them give a comprehensive overview of the real effects of the system.
Such reports do not dilute the clear memory I have – through direct experience – of the disadvantages of the aforementioned system. Full story

MOE sends 16 teachers to an American College in India to "sharpen Tamil skills"

The Times Of India, 12 Nov 2013
MADURAI: A 16-member team from Singapore is in the city to participate in a two-week programme to hone their Tamil teaching skills. Apart from attending several sessions in the American College here, 14 high school teachers and two officials will visit seven educational institutions to learn about Tamil teaching methods and also share teaching methods in their country.
The objective of our visit is to brush up grammar and literature of Tamil. We will be imparting what we learn here to fellow teachers once we are back in Singapore, Subramaniam said.V Iraianbu, commissioner in the economics and statistics department of Tamil Nadu government, pointed out that mother tongue comes from heart, while languages that we learn are used at the mind level. Iraianbu apprised the visiting delegation about the importance of Tamil. Full story

Internet forum abuzz with speculations on when Li Hongyi will return to serve his country after having graduated at MIT in 2011 on a PSC scholarship

According to his Linkedin account, Li Hongyi has been working in Google USA as "Associate Product Manager" since his graduation in 2011.

Hardwarezone Forum, 6 Oct 2013


The kind of nonsense our primary students have to deal with from the schools, 18 Sep 2013

"This P6 science question is taken from a paper that is set by a local brand name primary school. The majority of the students who took this test gave the answer as (4). The science teacher insisted that the answer is (2). The reason given was that sentence D should be interpreted to mean that only light energy is given off when an electric current passes through it.
The children, as well as many other adults who are well versed in the English language, unanimously agreed that the students were correct to interpret the sentence as meaning that the bulb will give off light energy (though it does not rule out other forms of energy) only if an electric current passes through it (so if there is no electric current, the bulb will not give off light energy.
The HOD called to clarify that her teacher (and therefore the dept) is correct. She apparently said that there is nothing wrong with the statement, and that it is not meant to be read in an "English" way, but rather in a "scientific" way. She then proceeded to read the sentence aloud, pausing after the word "only". When it was pointed out to her that there is a need for a comma after "only" if it is to be read with a pause, she insisted that that was the "scientific" way of reading the sentence, and went on to qualify that laymen would not be able to distinguish between the scientific reading and the English reading, but that the students, having studied the subject for four years, were expected to tell the difference. According to her, this would set the A* students apart from the A students.
Since when our English language developed a "scientific" dialect?! And if you cannot apply standard English language rules to reading the questions of a paper set in English, then perhaps we need to clarify that the paper is written in Scientific-English instead? What kind of nonsense is this?" Full story

3,000 Arab school principals to get training in Singapore

Arab News, 29 Aug 2013
An estimated 3,000 Saudi school principals will be sent to Singapore to be trained in educational management and leadership, according to an official at the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Public Education Development Project (Tatweer).
Abdul Latif Al-Harkan, vice president of professional development at Tatweer, said the program seeks to apprenticeship educational leaders with the highest standards of professional skills and improve their performance. The program also will help principals boost their effectiveness as leaders, equip them with the necessary expertise and skills to enable them of handling the local and international changes in the educational process. Full story

OPINION: Heng Swee Keat shifts blame to parents

Where Bears Roam Free, 22 Aug 2013
Isn't this so typical of PAP? When their past policies don't work out well, and when it starts to affect citizens adversely to the point the feedback isn't good, the PAPpies do what they do best - shift the blame back to the citizens. As always.
In the latest fiasco, we have the Education Minister who apparently appears oblivious to the stress students and parents face. Heng tells parents to moderate their expectations. Never mind that it was past PAP policies that led to the high pressure mode in the education system, expecting the best out of students, that's the cause of the high expectation among parents in the first place. What crap talking this minister now? Full story

Yale prepares Singapore campus

Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug 2013
NEW YORK — Yale University is set to open a college in Singapore, the first foreign outpost in its 312-year history, bringing an elite brand to a country that has seen other U.S. universities come and go.
The inaugural class of 157 students at Yale-NUS starts this month at the campus, jointly run with the National University of Singapore, after a summer orientation in New Haven, Conn.
Yale-NUS is betting its liberal arts mission, endowment and local support will help it succeed where others haven't. Full story

SMU expanding education programmes in India

The Times Of India, 17 Jul 2013
SINGAPORE: After signing six agreements with Indian universities, Singapore Management University (SMU) is now set to sign an MoU with IIM Lucknow as part of its plan to expand executive education programme in the country.
SMU is ready to launch a number of higher educational programmes in India this month onwards, SMU's deputy president for academic affairs, Rajendran K Srivastava, said on Wednesday.
"We want to link up and work with Indian universities as they provide us a landing spot to do research work in India," he said. Full story

MOE Offers SIA Youth Scholarship for Indian Students Only, 15 Jun 2013
Ministry of Education, Singapore is offering SIA Youth scholarship for Indian students in Singapore.
Study Subject(s): Courses offered by Singapore Junior Colleges.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ (GCE ‘A’) Level (or equivalent) certificate.
-Nationals of India
-Born between 1995 and 1997
-Completed Standard 10 in the Year 2013
-Possess outstanding academic track record (at least an average of 85% / minimum ‘A’ with English as first language in the Standard 10 State/National examinations)
Duration of award(s): The Scholarship is for 2 years of Pre-University studies in selected Singapore Junior Colleges and is renewed annually subject to the satisfactory performance of the scholar.
What does it cover?
-Annual allowance of S$2,400 with hostel accommodation
-Settling-in allowance of S$500 (once only)
-Return economy class air passage
-Coverage of school fees (excluding miscellaneous fees)
-Coverage of GCE ‘A’ Level examination fees (once only)
-Subsidised medical benefits and accident insurance cover.
How to Apply: There are 2 modes of application — online or hardcopy application. Each applicant should submit only ONE application and the online mode is recommended. Please do not send in a hardcopy application if you have already applied for the scholarship online and vice versa.
Scholarship Application Deadline: July 14, 2013


  1. Is This Why Our Ministers Are Trying To Discourage Singaporean Students From Local Universities?
  2. OPINION: Singapore leaders seek to reduce local graduates as mass intake of foreigners led to excess supply of degree holders
  3. OPINION: Political reasons why our government is restricting graduate enrolment for local-born Singaporeans?
  4. Good education can no longer guarantee Singaporeans a job, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat warns
  5. Singaporean student who scores 8 As in GCE A Level Exam was rejected by NUS Law Faculty, plans to read law in UK
  6. Singaporean students feel the heat from foreign counterparts - Yahoo! News Singapore
  7. Are foreigners depriving locals of places in NUS, NTU and SMU? -
  8. Khaw Boon Wan discourages ITE and polytechnic graduates from pursuing university degree
  9. Wikileaks: MOE does not encourage more Singaporean students to get a tertiary education
  10. Education Minister Lawrence Wong: "If everyone can move up, we will not have enough ITE graduates out there in the workforce"

Is This Why Our Ministers Are Trying To Discourage Singaporean Students From Local Universities?

Because our local universities are going overseas to recruit foreign "meritorous" students?  Are these "meritorous" students being admitted based on the same GCE A level exam results like our local students? If a degree is not important for success in Singapore, why are our local universities going overseas to fill up its places with more foreign students?

The Hindu, 2 Jun 2013
May 16, 2013, will be an unforgettable day for a Chennai girl. On that date, the Madras High Court intervened to enable her to secure a seat for a course in Astrophysics in the National University of Singapore before the deadline.
The girl’s mother, after obtaining divorce, had remarried. At the time of school admission, the stepfather’s name was given in the records. She completed Class XII in a city school which had an arrangement with the National University of Singapore to select meritorious students for placement in the university.
The university staff came to the school and interviewed meritorious students, analysed their grades in Standard X. She was provisionally selected for admission to the Astrophysics course. Full story

OPINION: Singapore leaders seek to reduce local graduates as mass intake of foreigners led to excess supply of degree holders

OPINION: Singapore leaders seek to reduce local graduates as mass intake of foreigners led to excess supply of degree holders

Malaysia Star, 25 May 2013
Having a large number of graduates, once thought crucial for Singapore’s prosperity, is now considered not conducive to the changing manpower market, at least in Singapore.
However, none of the political leaders – the Prime Minister and three ministers – has mentioned another reason for the excess of graduates – the mass intake of foreigners.
Led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, the leaders are now advising Singaporeans to consider non-university routes to success.
Khaw said: “You own a degree, but so what? You can’t eat it. If that cannot give you a good life, a good job, it is meaningless.”
Then it was the turn of Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who said that a good qualification alone does not guarantee a career, let alone a job.
Thirdly, Acting Minister for Social and Fa­mily De­ve­l­opment Chan Chun Sing said it is not the degree or diploma that is most important for graduates, but the ability to learn a different set of skills. Full story

Dumbing of Singaporeans have been a great success - Sammyboy Forum

OPINION: Political reasons why our government is restricting graduate enrolment for local-born Singaporeans?

The Real Singapore
WikiLeaks news revealed last month that only 23% of Singaporean students entering primary school will ever complete a 4-year tertiary education. Even though the report was out in early September, the ramification of the leaked report is still been felt till today.
According to the damning WikiLeaks report, Cheryl Chan – asst director of Planning Division at Ministry of education (MOE), stated that the government does not encourage more Singaporeans to get higher education, capping graduate enrolment rate at 20-25 % because the labour market does not require too many graduates
So far, the government has yet to come out and defend it’s policy. Full story

Good education can no longer guarantee Singaporeans a job, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat warns

XIN MSN News, 17 May 2013
A good qualification alone does not guarantee a good career, let alone a job.
Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat, said this at Temasek Polytechnic's 23rd Graduation Ceremony this morning.
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, Chan Chun Sing, made similar comments on Thursday.
Some 5,000 TP students will graduate from 54 full-time diploma courses, and six part-time specialist diploma and diploma courses over a week. Full story

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