Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paper Vs Paper ???

The War for the papers had begans...
its more school vs more terms......
more pages vs more CDs...

which would you prefer ????
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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PSLE Info sheet by MOE


Saturday, December 25, 2010

PSLE Past Year Questions of past 5 years are available for sale in print form.

PSLE Past Year Questions of past 5 years are available for sale in print form.

The contacts of the publishers that are authorised to distribute the PSLE past years’ questions of past 5 years are as below:

1)Publisher Address Contact
Dyna Publisher Pte Ltd
Blk 203 Henderson Road
#06-02 Henderson Industrial Park
Singapore 159547
Tel: 6273 0783
Fax: 6274 9565
Contact Person: Ms Marie Chui

2)Hillview Publications Pte Ltd
55 Ayer Rajah Crescent
#05-08/09 Singapore 139949
Tel: 6334 8996
Fax: 6334 8997
Contact Person: Ms Ng Lai Mien

3)Educational Publishing House Pte Ltd
20 Old Toh Tuck Road Singapore 597655
Tel: 6462 9608
Fax: 6465 2205
Contact Person: Ms Jolyn Toh

4)Singapore Asian Publications (S) Pte Ltd
Blk 219 Henderson Road #10-04
Henderson Industrial Park
Singapore 159556
Tel: 6276 8280
Fax: 6276 8323
Contact Person: Ms Michelle Yoo

5)Star Publishing Pte Ltd 115A
Commonwealth Drive #05-12
Tanglin Halt Industrial Park
Singapore 149596
Tel: 6479 6800
Fax: 6474 1080
Contact Person: Minnelli Seow

For any clarifications, please email to

Friday, November 26, 2010

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"You must have a dream", says top PSLE student

Henry Park Primary School student is top Indian student this year.

12-year-old Muhammed Hameem considers himself an "average student', but his results in the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) have proven to be anything but.

The Henry Park Primary School student scored 274 in the PSLE, emerging the top student in the school. It was an honour he shared with another student, Li Yuan.

But the boy scout can add one more feather to his cap - Hameem is also the top Indian student in the cohort this year.

He credits his excellent results to being "attentive in class", and also to the support of his parents, who motivated him and "spurred him on" by using visualisation techniques.

Sounding wise beyond his years, Hameem has some advice for others who want to do well in their exams: "You must have a dream, and work towards a goal".

He also believes it must be an "intrinsic dream". "The motivation (to do well) must come from yourself, not other people," he says.

The passionate Science student will be enrolling in Raffles Institution next year. As for the future, Hameem says he would like to do something "science-related" as a career.

Another top student this year who loves Science is Bianca Udella Djongianto, 12, from Raffles Girls' Primary School.

The top student in RGPS scored 276 in the PSLE.

» Top PSLE student from Rosyth School

Born in Indonesia, her parents came to Singapore when she was one-year-old, in a bid to escape the racial riots in Jakarta.

Enrolled in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), Bianca says she had set a target for herself - to score "between 260 to 270", but her results have surpassed her expectations.

Asked how she is planning to celebrate, Bianca says her parents are buying her a lap-top, as she may need it for school next year.

The science- and maths-enthusiast is hoping to enter NUS High next year, and says she wants to become a doctor in the future.

Candice Cai | Edvantage | Thu Nov 25 2010

Top PSLE student

Sheldon Tan, one of the top PSLE scorers from Rosyth School with a score of 278 points.

Cheri Wee, one of the top PSLE scorers from Rosyth School with 276 points. She plans to study dance at the School of the Arts.

Top PSLE scorer from Rosyth School, from left, Sheldon Tan with 278 points, Cheri Wee with 276 points and Alex Tan with 282 points.

Student posts O Level paper on Twitter

Nov 18, 2010
By Shivali Nayak, Multimedia Journalist

STUDENT Xavier Ong took a picture of his O Level Social Studies examination paper with his camera phone and posted it on Twitter last week. In the tweet, Xavier wrote, 'Do you dare bring a phone into examination hall and take a picture?', challenging other students to follow suit.

This shocked a number of Twitter users locally as well as globally. A girl from the United Kingdom commented on his picture on Twitpic, saying, 'Is this legit?'

Having such attention has only made this teenager's resolve stronger to make more controversial comments. He admitted that he posted the picture as a publicity stunt and even released a video explaining how it all happened. At the end of the day, he hoped to gain more twitter followers after this incident.

In other news, some commuters have been experiencing some bumpy encounters while using public transport. Two women, both in their late 40s, made a mountain out of a mole hill after one of them bumped into the other while moving into the inner seat on the bus. The two women kept swearing at each other loudly in Hokkien all throughout the journey.

For this and more stories making headlines on STOMP this week, watch these clips on RazorTV

Nov 18, 2010
By Shivali Nayak, Multimedia Journalist
bt Strait Times

Rosyth boy tops PSLE

Alex Tan Kian Hye of Rosyth School is the top Primary School Leaving Examination(PSLE) pupil this year with a score of 282. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

ALEX Tan Kian Hye of Rosyth School is the top Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) pupil this year with a score of 282.

Fu Wan Ying from Tao Nan School had the second highest score of 279.

The top Malay pupil is Aquilah Dariah Mohd Zulkarnain, of Coral Primary School who scored 278, while the top Indian pupil is Muhammad Hameem, of Henry Park Primary School with a score of 274, and the top Eurasian pupil is Lendermann Monika Jiz-xin, of CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, with a 269 score.

A total of 45,049 Primary 6 pupils sat for the PSLE this year. Of these, 43,826 pupils, or 97.3 per cent, can go on to secondary school.

Among the others, 63 per cent are eligible for the Express course, 22.1 per cent for the Normal (Academic) and 11.7 per cent for the Normal (Technical) course.

There are 1,223 pupils or 2.7 per cent who did not qualify for secondary school. These pupils can choose to apply to Assumption Pathway School (APS) or NorthLight School (NLS) based on recommendations of their primary school principals, or spend another year in Primary 6 to consolidate their learning.

Nov 26, 2010
By Amelia Tan
Strait Times

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

China's 'sexiest teacher' is web sensation

Like many pretty young girls, this teacher likes to post her photos online but some netizens wonder if it is appropriate.

This long-legged beauty with large eyes, and a sweet face is, to the surprise of some, a primary school language teacher.

Zhu Songhua, a 30-year-old primary school teacher became an Internet sensation in China after she appeared on a variety TV show aired on Jiangsu Satellite Television.

She appeared in a "Happy Night" programme, for a segment titled "My Teacher is Special".

Internet sources report that the teacher from No. 1 Primary School in Jiangsu has been teaching since she graduated from Nantong Normal University, and has won awards in teaching competitions.

A colleague said that she loves teaching and is an exceptional teacher. She also does not dress up at work, unlike in her photographs posted online.

While the report said she was single, a netizen who claimed to know her commented that she was married.

Would you accept a teacher like her? see the photos which caused the sensation, and judge for yourself.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Around 500 private schools in S'pore to close

AROUND half of the 1,000 private schools in Singapore may close down by next June.

This is according to figures provided by the Council for Private Education (CPE).

The reason behind the closure of the schools are due to lack of independent academic and examination boards or financial instability.

Schools wanting to continue their operations have to register under a new framework, due to the new and tougher Private Education Bill.

The Bill is set up to raise standards in the sector.

Schools must meet a list of criteria - proper system in place, provide information on their finances, teachers and facilities and ensure that the foreign institutions they are partnering with are up to mark.

Licences issued are valid between one and six years.

As of now, 195 schools have successfully registered, while 115 others are undergoing evaluation.

The private education sector in Singapore has faced complaints from students and teachers.

Recently, 300 students were left in the without a school when a small private school, School of Applied Studies, closed suddenly due to financial difficulties.

Sat, Oct 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

MOE launches holistic assessment website for teachers

SINGAPORE: Teachers can now go online to learn more about implementing holistic assessment in their schools.

The Education Ministry has launched a one—stop portal that provides teachers with resources such as lesson plans and assessments.

The website was launched by Senior Minister of State for Education Grace Fu at a holistic assessment seminar on Tuesday.

This is in line with the ministry’s drive to move away from pen—and—paper exams and towards holistic learning.

A year ago, 16 primary schools were roped in to pilot this new assessment method that replaces the year—end exams.

At CHIJ Kellock, pupils solve Mathematics problems using toy blocks rather than pen and paper.

English classes are also a lot more interactive as students work on their communication skills via show—and—tell.

Sarah Long, Primary 2 Pupil, CHIJ Kellock, said: "You get to do more things. You can draw, and write and think of ideas."

Clara Lim—Tan, principal, CHIJ Kellock, said: In terms of the future of schooling, we can no longer just talk about the teachers’ role as spoon—feeding the children. We want to facilitate and get the kids to be curious about learning and want to be independent learners themselves."

Holistic assessment also involves getting parents involved.

Each child is provided with a portfolio and over the course of the school year, they are assessed in different areas such as public speaking and grammar.

Parents are able to better track their child’s strengths and weaknesses as each subject is broken down into various topics.

In three years’ time, MOE expects all primary schools to embark on holistic assessment for Primary One and Two. — CNA/vm

By Channel NewsAsia, Updated: 13/07/2010

School of Applied Studies to close down

SINGAPORE: The School of Applied Studies (SAS), a private education institution, has decided to cease operations, citing financial difficulties as the reason.

It has sought help from the Council for Private Education (CPE), a statutory board that regulates the private education sector.

The CPE said to date, 195 Private Education Institutions (PEI) have been granted registration under the Enhanced Registration Framework for the private education sector.

It said another 115 PEIs were currently undergoing evaluation.

The CPE estimates that about another 150 PEIs will be coming forth to seek registration before the transition period ends in June next year.

Of these, 12 have attained the EduTrust Award which is valid for four years.

Another 34 have attained the EduTrust Provisional Award with one—year validity.

Both parties held a joint briefing to affected students on Wednesday at the school premises.

The students were briefed on administrative details, such as procedures to claim outstanding course fees from insurance companies and banks, and place—out options.

Rilwan Latheef, aged 24 from the Maldives, has spent $19,000 pursuing his degree in tourism at the school since 2009.

"SAS promised me that I’ll be getting my degree in one year, that’s why I joined. But now I don’t know what to do. Last night I came here and the director just said that he’s sorry for everything, but I don’t think he can do anything. I’m trying to find if there are any colleges willing to take me in for their degree course," he said.

His housemate, 18 year—old Nabeel Hussain, also from the Maldives, is also a former student of SAS.

He said: "I feel... (sighs)... I don’t know where to go. I have to find another college and I have to start all over again. All the money I’ve spent is going to a waste. I feel like a failure. I have not accomplished anything now.

"I’ve been here for two years and I didn’t get a cert. Now I’ve to start all over again in another college. It’s going to be hard."

SAS said it has 300 students, of which 85 are international students on student passes.

According to the school’s website, these students hail mainly from Southeast Asia, China, India, Mongolia and Germany.

Besides offering English proficiency programmes, the school also offers diploma programmes in business, psychology, and hospitality.

A local student, 21—year—old Mary Dimple, said she was told on Monday that the school was undergoing renovations, and would be closed for two weeks.

"Then yesterday (October 20), we received a message saying that the school is closing down. I feel very lost; I don’t know what do to next and there’s no proper answers, plus the money issue and everything," said Dimple.

The CPE said it is working with fee protection insurance providers and banks to work out the amount of payouts to each student.

This is to facilitate their placement in other private education institutions.

"The amount of payout for each student will depend on the amount of unconsumed fees based on the stages of the academic programme which the student was at," a CPE spokesperson said.

It also stated that the priority is to find places for the students in other private education institutions.

Henry Heng, Chief Executive Officer of the CPE, said: "We have a clear course of action to facilitate their placements in place, and will be doing everything we can to address their concerns."

While the students are getting help, Channel NewsAsia understands that the school still owes some of its employees’ salary.

The CPE said SAS was registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) in March 2002.

It has not been awarded the EduTrust Certification.

Since January this year, the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) received eight cases regarding the SAS, not relating to its closure.

CASE said the nature of the complaints ranged from the following:

— the course that the consumer signed up for was not approved by MOE, and they wished to seek a refund with the school;

— the students did not receive the refund from school as promised;

— the school was unable to deliver the course;

— the student was unable to get certificate from the school and wished to seek a refund.

— CNA /ls

By Channel NewsAsia, Updated: 21/10/2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Parents discuss next year's PSLE exams online

This year’s PSLE has just ended, but next year’s exams are already being discussed on

EVEN before the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) ended, some parents whose children are taking the exam next year have gone into overdrive.

A group of them had already started an online discussion on Oct 5 about PSLE 2011.

The discussion, on online networking website, had a whole load of mums and dads asking for and sharing their parenting experiences on the PSLE, which decides the secondary school and course a child will eventually qualify for.

The thread was started by a parent who admitted to being "a super-duper very, very kiasu parent" whose child will be taking the PSLE next year.

Said the parent: "The countdown starts today, on the eve of PSLE 2010."

This discussion has since attracted five pages of comments, mostly from parents offering "advice" on how to prepare for next year's PSLE.

One netizen, Pen88n, wrote: "Actually, the countdown should start from the first day of Primary 1.

After all, from Primary 1 onwards, the 'target' is PSLE and all teaching is to prepare for the PSLE!

"So on your kid's first day in Primary 1, start the countdown! Welcome to the world of 'stress parenting'!"


A tuition teacher even plugged her services online last week.

She commented: "Have you started drawing up a revision schedule/plan for your kids? Consistent hard work will definitely pay off at the end of the day."

So are our stressed-out parents stressing their kids out?

One Primary 6 pupil, who wrote a letter to this paper, certainly thinks so.

The letter-writer, whose views were published in Monday's edition of the paper, compared the PSLE to "the end of the world", and blamed parents for stressing kids out.

His parents apparently told him he would go to a "lousy" secondary school, and would have to live with his grandmother, if he didn't get a PSLE score of 258 and above.

He wrote: "If our parents can help us overcome the stress, life would be so much better."

His views were echoed by a netizen who claimed to be in Primary 6.

Jojothehusky wrote: "Why are you all so kiasu? My countdown only started 40 days before the first PSLE paper."

Another netizen, Leanne, thanked the others for their advice, but added that "a deserving break should be rewarded right after the Primary 5 semester assessment or the race will be too long and draining".

Dr Brian Yeo, a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in treating children and adolescents, was not surprised that a child would feel this way.

"Wanting a child to score 258 in the PSLE is a very high expectation. That score will get you into almost any school."

He said he did not blame parents for having such expectations, because they want their kids to strive for excellence.

But he felt the stress comes from an obsession with getting kids to go into the "branded" schools.

Parents may not be the only ones stressing kids, as another website shows how a Primary 5 pupil is already preparing for the PSLE next year.

Don't go to extremes

Dr Yeo advises parents to moderate their preparations for next year's exams, saying: "It's fine to look at challenging questions that appeared in this year's paper, so as to better prepare for similar questions in next year's paper.

"But I would advise against more extreme measures, such as using the Primary 5 year-end holidays to teach the Primary 6 syllabus."

Full-time tuition teacher Zhou Shicai, 26, who has been teaching for the past seven years, said that the online discussions were a "phenomenon" that had developed over the last two years.

Previously, he said parents would exchange hard copies of past PSLE papers.

But now, questions and solutions are being posted online.

"These forums are a community of parents, their children, and teachers," he said.

"Everyone has their own ideas, and each person tries to enrich the discussion with them."

This article was first published in The New Paper
Benson Ang & Bryna Sim | The New Paper | Thu Oct 14 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Do parents pressure their children to do well in examination

12-year-old student feels pressured by her friends, not by her parents, to do well in exams.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Do parents pressure their children to do well in examinations?

For Hoo Sye Min, 12, the pressure to do well in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination comes mainly from her friends.

"My friends who do well pressure me to succeed as well. So, I have put in extra efforts such as attending extra classes in school as well as tuition classes."

Hoo said she did not feel pressured by her parents as they had always told her that the results did not matter as long as she had done her best.

"But I pressure myself as I feel it's important for my future."

Natasha Divya believes she has done well on her first day of the UPSR exam.

"I felt at ease as my mother was there to give me moral support. She told me that she would support me whatever the results were," she said after sitting the Bahasa Melayu comprehension paper yesterday.

For Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidate Lydia Fatiny Zamzuri, it was an easy ride all the way as her parents did not pressure her into studying.

"My parents don't pressure me that much. But I want to do well so that I can continue my studies in a good university and get a good job.

"Everyone keeps telling me that the competition is stiff. That is what I am worried about," she said.

Science student Muhammad Hadhari Hazellah, 17, is not afraid of the SPM examination in two months' time as he is prepared for it.

"All my friends have stopped playing football to focus on studying. I have also stopped some of my leisure activities to study for the exam."

Hashok Nandakumar, 17, has been studying hard as he wants to prove to his parents that he can do well in the SPM examination.

"Now, you are able to tell if you really did well as there are different levels of distinction."

New Straits Times | Wed Sep 22 2010

Dealing with homework blues

Six ways to make sure your children get their homework done.

THE homework wars have started.

Three years before I thought I would have to nag at my son, Julian, now aged 4½, to complete his schoolwork in primary school, I found myself having to persuade him to finish his abacus-class exercises.

To be fair, it was not homework per se, but some leftover bead-counting exercises his teachers gave the kids in class during their twice-weekly 1½-hour sessions.

Julian, who can be a slowpoke dreamer at times, probably got too wrapped up in other things (if he is anything like me at that age, those things would be chattering with his friends) and could not finish the work.

His teachers, then, allowed him to finish it at home.

So, there we were, one evening, with his abacus workbook open on the dining table, as the boy capered around.

Me: "Finish your work, then have a shower."

Julian: "But I'm tired! Can I just do one page?"

Me: "No bargaining!"

Oops. Even as the words left my mouth, I knew I was replicating a conversation I had with my own mother as a schoolgirl.

In the end, the Supportive Spouse managed to cajole his son into finishing the sums by promising a reward, and with copious amounts of encouragement.

But it got me to thinking that there is no denying homework is a subject of much contest and heartache between parents and children.

It is something that must be dealt with, one way or another.

With this in mind, I trawled the Internet for some advice on how to head off homework blues, and found these tips:


Set aside a regular time slot during which homework takes priority, and let the kids know that it is important.

Make sure they are fed, comfortable and alert - just before bedtime is probably not a good idea - so that they can concentrate on the task at hand.

A quiet designated area for homework, with all their materials, like pencils, erasers and sharpeners, within easy reach, will also help.


Leverage on something that your child likes to get him or her to get through homework as quickly as possible.

For instance, withhold television or computer games until your kid finishes the work.

Praise or reward your kid after the work is done.

Positive reinforcement goes a long way.

Set an egg timer or alarm clock to ring every 15 to 25 minutes. Let your child know that he can take a short break if he is not done with work by then.

A longer homework task will seem less daunting broken up in this way.


Keep the lines of communication open. Speak regularly to your child's teacher, classmates or classmates' parents, to find out what is required for various assignments or projects.

That way, you will always be on top of what your child needs to do, and can plan a schedule ahead.

And you will also know if junior tries to wriggle out of something by claiming he does not need to do it.


They say, Misery loves company.

The tedium of homework can be alleviated a little if one parent is available in the same room, ready to respond to questions.

I like being in the study working on my coursework, while Julian sits beside me, musing over his workbooks or craft activities.


Consider what your child's learning habits are like, and employ suitable tactics. For example, if your child is a speed demon who rushes through work, allowing him to multi-task by listening to music while he works might help him to slow down and enjoy the process more.

A perfectionist child might need a cheerleader parent, constantly encouraging and calming him down as he tears his hair out over assignments.

Clara Chow | my paper | Mon Oct 11 2010

Student Exchange Program for the JC:-H2 Maths 2010

Here some of the JC that came in....

1)Anderson Junior College :-

2)Anglo-chinese Junior College:-

3)Catholic Junior college :-

4)Dunman High School: -

5)Hwa Chong Institution : -

6)Jurong Junior College :-

7)Meridian Junior College:-

8)National Junior College :-

9)Pioneer Junior college :-

10)River Valley High :-

11)St Andrew Junior College:- http://

12)Serangoon junior College:-

Parent Exchange Program - Sec 4 Prelim Chemisty 2010

This are the following schools we had in our data bank, they are with ans :-

1)Anderson Sec :-

2)Anglican Sec :-

3)Fairfield Methodist :-

4)Tanjong Katong Sec :-

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Regarding study room in community centre

Anyone have any idea like which community centre have study area/room?? Errr especially the East side.... I saw a few thread which mentioned study areas in community centre.. but i have no idea where...

Is it all community centre also have??? Does Tampines East Community Centre have study area too ?

Oh, and, do we have to book the study room or we can just enter and study inside?? Mi and my frenz are looking for place to study.. but we dont wan go library/airport.. is too crowded on weekends... Will the community centre be packed too???

taken from

Blogmaster strongly feel that :-

Address of all Community Club :

Out of 105 ??? how many have study rooms for the community ???

Student chased out of library for studying

WHY can't I study in the library?

Student Gerald Khoo, 16, was left confused and frustrated after he was allegedly asked to leave Sengkang Public Library. He was there to study.

He said he was not aware of any rule that people were not allowed to study in the library unless they were using library materials.

He said: 'We all know that the community libraries in Singapore are places where people gather to study or read.

'Why do we have to leave? What's the library for? Shouldn't it be for studying and reading?

'Are there really some libraries which only allow reading and not self-study?'

He was so perturbed by what he saw as discrepancies in the way the rule was being applied at different community libraries, that he contacted The New Paper.

Gerald, a Secondary 4 student at Pei Hwa Secondary School, claimed he had been chased out of the Sengkang library for the same reason about three to four times in the last two years.

The student, who visits public libraries about once a month, claimed he has never been asked to leave when he studied in other public libraries in Ang Mo Kio and Cheng San.

He said: 'I've been to many libraries with friends to do self-study without getting chased out.'

He said he was in the Sengkang library last Saturday for less than 30 minutes with two other friends when they were allegedly asked to leave.

He claimed he was told by a library employee that they are only allowed to use library materials, and that they cannot study in the library.

Said Gerald: 'We were upset by his attitude as well as confused about the usage of libraries.

'(The employee) did not give us a proper reason why we had to go, and (he) was not polite when he spoke to us.

'It wasn't my first time getting chased out for doing self-study, but this is getting on my nerves.'

This is not the first time that the issue of studying in libraries has been brought up.

The New Paper reported on 16 May 2005 that self-study was permitted only at designated study areas at designated times in certain public libraries.

The report stated that self-studying was not allowed in nine of the 21 regional and community libraries in Singapore.

While the National Library Board's website clearly states that people can use the tables for self-study at all public libraries, Gerald alleged that this was not the case with him.

Time to change?

Perhaps it's time to update this rule, he suggested.

He said that while he understands that there are designated study areas in certain libraries where self-study is allowed, there is no such study area in Sengkang library.

He argued: 'They should set up one area for people who want to use library materials, but they must also have an area with tables and chairs for people to study.

'They should also not set a time limit for self-study. It is not convenient as some people like to study in the afternoon and some are used to studying at night.'

Would he continue to study in libraries then?

'I will still use the library as it provides a conducive environment for studying,' replied Gerald.

Can study there, but...

According to the National Library Board (NLB) website, all public libraries allow people to use their tables for self-study.

But, if requested by the library staff, students must be willing to give up their seats to users who are browsing library resources.

When it comes to regional libraries like the ones in Jurong, Woodlands and Tampines, there are tables in the reference section set aside for users who need to consult library materials.

Additional reporting by Gan Ling Kai, Geraldine Yeo, Audrey Tan, Bernice Huang and Joanna Hor.

This article was first published in The New Paper.
By Lediati Tan
Fri, Feb 27, 2009
The New Paper

They come in groups, hog seats and chit-chat

STUDENTS at libraries can be a bother. They should find some other place to do their revision.

That was the view of several people The New Paper spoke to at various libraries yesterday.

Madam Hamidah Johari, for example, is upset that she cannot get seats and it is noisy when she visits the Jurong West Community library.

'They come in groups, sit together and tend to talk among themselves,' said the 52-year-old.

She feels that students who do not have to access library books should study at community centres.

'I used to take modules at SIM about a decade ago and was once chased out of Jurong West library by a librarian who said the library is for borrowing books,' added Madam Hamidah.

She then used her school library to study.

Some, such as Miss Cho Chui Wai, 26, feel that students who only bring their notes to study should give up their seats.

Said the undergraduate: 'If the space is taken up by students, leaving no space for readers, then the students should leave. Priority should be given to readers.'

Miss Cho, a communications student at Nanyang Technological University, frequents the National Library at Victoria Street as well as Sengkang Community Library at least once a month.

She often sees students studying in groups and has been frustrated at not being able to get a seat.

Others, such as Mr Tan Kok Jwee, a bank manager, feels that a time limit should be set for such students.

He feels that this can be implemented if library officials patrol the place.

Mr Tan, 57, said: 'They (the students) can study there. But a maximum time limit of half a day, or four hours, should be set after which such students should give up their seats.

'The time limit is because these students may really have homes that are not conducive for studying.'

He also said that the rule should apply to all library users and not only students.

Miss Cho also said that studying in a public library would be her last option.

'At Pasir Ris and Sengkang Community Library, the kids will scream, people will talk, there are limited places. Furthermore, there are better places to study,' she said.

She said that she would rather study at her school's library or go to her Punggol home.

Other than public libraries, people interviewed also suggested that students study at other areas earmarked for it, such as community centres, void deck study areas and school libraries.

Madam Hamidah said: 'The students can go to study rooms in community clubs instead and only use the library only when there is enough space.'

Pearly Tan, newsroom intern

This article was first published in The New Paper.
Fri, Feb 27, 2009
The New Paper

Student Exchange Program for the JC:-H2 Chemistry 2010

Here some of the JC that came in....

1)Anglo-Chinese junior college :

2)Innova Junior College:

3)Serangoon junior College:

4)Yishun Junior college:

5)Victoria Junior College:-

Student Exchange Program for the JC:-H2 Physics 2010

As promise it won't be complete if there no A Level Exam Paper for 2010....
Here some of the JC that came in....

1)Anglo-Chinese junior college :-

2)Innova Junior College:-

3)Serangoon junior College:-

4)Yishun Junior college:-

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuition for mummy

It’s no longer just children who attend enrichment classes. Parents are jumping on the bandwagon, too.

Elaine Koo has a day job as a secretary, but for two consecutive Friday evenings in February this year, she revisited the classroom of a phonics course by Lorna Whiston. The 40-year-old is considering taking up a longer four-week course in the subject, which will culminate with a certificate from the school.

Her two daughters – Melissa, six, and Fiora, five – are also students at Lorna Whiston. Melissa takes an afternoon English enrichment class every Wednesday that focuses on grammar, sentence formation and simple composition writing. Fiora attends a Monday evening class where she learns vocabulary, practises pronunciation and takes part in story-telling sessions.

Elaine is not alone. Judy Tan, a 38-year-old mum whose five-year-old son, Keith, attends preschool at Lorna Whiston, is another involved parent. She’s attended reading seminars organised by the school and is looking for more. She is keen to attend the Primary 1 preparation workshop next.

Lorna Whiston, founder and joint managing director of Lorna Whiston schools, estimates that about 70 per cent of students at her school have parents who attend the workshops she conducts for adults.

Helen Marjan, joint managing director and director of studies at Lorna Whiston, observes that today’s children are much more of a challenge to bring up. Thanks to exposure to the TV and Internet, kids are very savvy and well informed. They no longer do as they are told without questioning, especially if they feel it is unjustified – which is why parents are turning to such classes to help them coach their kids better.

Learning for life

The mums agree. Judy explains: “They are learning new things all the time, and the best way we can help is to know it ourselves.”

Elaine says the chance to socialise with other parents is one of the highlights of attending classes: “It’s not enough just to read books and learn from there. I want to get expert help. In the adult classes, besides learning phonics, we also learn how to guide our kids. It was also useful to interact with other parents. There are so many different ways to help our children and we exchanged ideas with each other.”

While getting child guidance tips from workshops is a good idea, Lorna feels that they should remain just that – as guidance. She thinks it is still better to leave more formal methods of instruction to the teachers. The education system has changed over the years and parents can no longer expect their children to learn the way they did. She feels that this may lead to unrealistic expectations, which would affect the parent-child relationship.

If you’re unsure how you could start home learning with your child, a simple, yet always fail-safe approach is to encourage reading.

"Reading opens up so many doors for children. It helps them develop a wide and expressive vocabulary, builds up their understanding and general knowledge, nurtures their curiosity and feeds their mind. It’s also an enjoyable experience that the parent and child can share in a relaxed manner," says Lorna.

30 years ago Now

The students

30 years ago
“Around half of our students knew almost no English and did not speak it at home at all.”

“Today’s children know more English and have more confidence. They are not afraid to express an opinion and try something new. We no longer have to coax them to participate.”

The teaching focus

30 years ago
“Almost none of the P1 students had started to read, so getting them to talk, understand and read was a priority.”

“Nowadays, students can speak English, so we are looking at upgrading their skills in conversation, debates, written competence, grammar skills and reading to a first language level.”

The parent’s role
30 years ago
“Parents issued instructions and children carried them out. They were not often asked for their opinion because a child’s opinion was considered relatively unimportant.”

“Parents should listen to their children’s ideas, talk to them in a two-way conversation, encourage them to listen to the news and express opinions.”


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Ho Yun Kuan | Young Parents | Wed Oct 6 2010

Former ACS principal under probe

Teacher and former aide of Dr Ong alleged that the principal "behaved inappropriately" towards him.

He contacted The Straits Times last Thursday and alleged that Dr Ong Teck Chin, former principal of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) or ACS(I), had "behaved inappropriately" towards him.

He also claimed that he has proof in the form of e-mail, text messages and recordings.

Mr Richard Seow, Chairman of the ACS board of governers, said in a statement yesterday that they were looking into the complaints by the teacher.

The Straits Times reported that the teacher, believed to be in his 30s, was appointed to be Dr Ong's personal aide and worked closely with him last year, when they recruited foreign scholars on overseas trips.

He told The Straits Times he is still with ACS(I), but had not been to work for the past few days.

When contacted by the daily, Dr Ong refused to comment. He stepped down suddenly last weekend in the midst of final examinations, to the shock of staff and students.

Dr Ong is married with three children. He has been the principal of the prestigious boys' school for 16 years since 1994, and has led the school to attaining the Ministry of Education's School Excellence Award in 2004.

He also started the integrated programme for ACS(I) and pioneered the school's International Baccalaureate diploma programme.

Edvantage | Wed Oct 6 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Parent Exchange Program - Sec 4 Prelim Physics 2010

The are the schools we had

1)St Margaret Sec :-

2)CHIJ ST Theresa's :-

Tutor solicit more business ????

Math Tutor Miss Loi was clearing her old newspapers last night, when she came across an article in Lianhe Wanbao. At the risk of this blog resembling some tabloid’s raunchy Page One, this is what she saw:

Apparently a Singaporean tutor posted up some bikini shots of her on the internet in order to ’solicit more business’.

Curious to find out more about this … umm … ‘competitor‘, Miss Loi spent a long time searching terms like “sexy tutor in bikini“, “bikini tutor sg” and “singapore sexy tutor” in Google, only to be repeatedly frustrated in her attempts as all her searches eventually brought her to this stupid website that only offers boring math tips and questions and contained NO pictures whatsoever of the tutor in question.

So for this, Miss Loi would like to offer her heartfelt apologies to the hordes of cheekopeks esteemed visitors who found this humble blog via the above-mentioned search terms. May her challenging math questions go some ways in alleviating the immense disappointment and anger that you’ve undoubtedly experienced when you couldn’t find what you were looking for when you arrived here.

Meanwhile, anyone with any information or lead to this mysterious sexy tutor would be greatly appreciated

Found on Miss Loi Joss stick website ...

Parent Exchange Program - Sec 4 Prelim Add Maths 2010

This is current the schools we have :-

1)Bukit Panjang Govt High :-

2)Cedar Girls :-

3)Crescent Girls :-

4)SCGS :-

5)SJI :-

6)Xin Min Sec :-

7)Catholic High:-

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can giftedness be trained?

Parents are paying $200 per session for classes that promise to coach your child to pass selection tests for the gifted education programme.

Would you spend $200 per session for classes that promise to "train" your child to enter the gifted education programme (GEP)?

Some parents have no qualms of forking out the cash, just to give their child the perceived academic edge.

Enquiries by Wanbao to at least seven enrichment agencies that cater to gifted students found that classes cost at least several times more than the usual rate for tuition.

Classes at Doctor Peh Associates cost $2,000 for 10 lessons, while fees top $850 for four 90-minute classes at Aristocare centre.

The centres justify their high fees by the quality of tutors that they hire. They say tutors are either Bachelor's- or Master's-degree holders who have taught at schools for gifted students before.

Hence, they guarantee parents a "very high" success rate of getting their kids into the gifted education programme. Aristocare claims that 80 percent of its graduates managed to enter the gifted education programme.

Places in the GEP are limited, as only one percent of primary three students are streamed into the gifted education class each year.

Therefore, while the gifted 'training' classes are expensive, parents do not mind spending the money in their quest for the best education for their children.

More to offer

These coaching classes are usually conducted on a one-to-one basis, or in a small group of four to five.

The centres are known to take in students ranging from Primary 1 to Primary 3.

According to the principal of Morris Allen Study Centre in Singapore, Mr Morris Allen, these coaching classes have more to offer than normal tuition classes.

Besides help with academic subjects, students are also taught other skills usually not included in the syllabus, such as time-management.

Only high-IQ students can be admitted

Enrichment centres for gifted students that Wanbao spoke to say they only take in students with high IQ.

At Doctor Peh Associates, primary school students who wish to enrol in classes have to score at least 90 marks in their English and Mathematics tests. They take in kindergarten kids as well, but they have to have an IQ of above 130.

At Mind Stretcher, students have to pass two tests before being admitted. Aristocare also has a similar requirement.

However, some parents say if kids are able to pass the tests, then they are already brilliant students. So credit should not be given to the enrichment centres if they do get selected into the GEP.

6000 students have graduated from gifted education programme

Since the gifted education programme (GEP) began in 1984, 6,000 students have graduated from the programme, reported Wanbao.

The GEP caters to intellectually gifted and talented students, with the aim to help them to reach their maximum potential.

The curriculum focuses on developing students' higher-order thinking skills, as well as stimulate creative thought.

Currently, the GEP is offered at nine primary schools in Singapore. The GEP in secondary schools has been replaced by the "School-Based Gifted Education" programme.

This year's test to stream students into the programme will be held next month, on Oct 19 and 20.

One parent interviewed by Shin Min believes "giftedness" cannot be trained. Ms Lee, who has a 8-year-old daughter, says: "Teachers at the centre are those who used to teach at schools offering GEP. Hence, knowing the type of questions that will be asked and the kind of answers to be expected, they can tailor their lessons to help students answer these type of questions."

"It is not about training your child to be gifted."

Edvantage | Tue Sep 28 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Top Student From China

Is Your Tutor Qualified ?

Is tuition really worth it ?

He pays tutor only $12 a month

More Schools added in Pri 6 Prelims 2010

added SCGS and MGS in the Parent Exchange Programs......

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tuition in Singapore

Pri 6 Prelim Papers 2010 :-Higher Chinese on-line Download

1)Nan Hua :-


3)CHIJ St Nicholas:-



6)Hokkien 5:-

7)Catholic High:-

Japan teacher reprimanded for murderous maths quiz

TOKYO, JAPAN - A Japanese primary school teacher has been reprimanded for giving his pupils a maths problem in which he asked how long it would take to kill 18 children at a rate of three murders a day.

The 45-year-old male teacher, whose name has been withheld, has apologised for giving the quiz to his pupils, aged seven and eight, at his public school in Okazaki, central Japan, education officials said Wednesday.

"I did it carelessly. I deeply reflect on my conduct," he was quoted as saying by the officials over the incident in May, which apparently led to a parent complaint to the school in July.

The teacher reportedly asked the children: "There are 18 kids. If we kill three per day, how many days it will take?"

The school board said it handed the teacher a "strict reprimand".

"It should not happen again," said Kumiko Atsumi, a board official. "We are very sorry. We are taking measures to prevent a repeat of similar cases."

News of the incident emerged as new education ministry statistics said cases of violence at Japanese schools rose for a fourth straight year to hit a record 60,913 cases for the year to March, with 165 student suicides. --AFP

Wed, Sep 15, 2010

No change to PSLE mother tongue weightage

No change to PSLE mother tongue weightage

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Education Minister Ng Eng Hen have reassured Singaporeans opposed to the move that the weightage of mother tongue in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will not be lowered.

Bilingualism remains as important as ever, but what will change is how mother tongue languages are taught and examined, they said yesterday, in response to a recent outpouring of views on the subject.

Explaining, PM Lee said the underlying problem is that pupils today have such diverse backgrounds and aptitudes in Chinese, Malay and Tamil, and reducing the weighting for these subjects at the PSLE is not the best way of resolving the problem.

Clarissa Oon
Wed, May 12, 2010
The Straits Times

MTL review won't dilute standards

A review committee is examining various systems of teaching the subject. -myp

THE mother tongue language (MTL) review will not pander to some students who are unwilling to master their mother tongue because of declining interest, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament yesterday.

A review committee is examining various systems to glean important lessons from the teaching of the subject, and it does not make sense to "spend all that effort" just to lessen its importance, he explained.

Headed by director-general of education Ho Peng, the committee is "not out to dilute the standards", but to set "realistic standards", he said.

The MTL review committee is being set up because the language environment has changed drastically in the past 20 years, he said.

Children have less exposure to MTL today as they are spending increasingly more time using English.

Among Chinese and Indian families, 60 per cent now predominantly speak English at home. This figure is double that of two decades ago. Among Malay families, 35 per cent predominantly use English.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, sought clarification that the review would not pander to those students who are unwilling to put in effort to master their mother tongue.

Mr Baey was among seven MPs who fired away questions during the 40-minute debate.

"There is a concern that every time we review, that standards will drop. But I think when we aim for proficiency, we have guidelines to use," Dr Ng said in reply to Ms Lee Bee Wah, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC.

She asked if there would be a further lowering in the standard of MTL, especially that for the Chinese language.

"Some obviously will feel that we ought to (have) higher (standards), some lower. But, educationally, standards are not set arbitrarily," said Dr Ng. "You can make an exam so difficult that everybody fails, but you have to set realistic standards."

He cited Beijing's Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, a proficiency system the committee is studying, as one that has transparent markers, such as being able to converse with a native speaker and read the newspaper.

Opposition MP Low Thia Khiang quizzed Dr Ng about pegging MTL teaching and assessment standards to a changing language environment, which will be "weaker generation after generation".

"Will we one day realise that perhaps the only realistic standard then would be to require the student to be able to write his own name in Chinese?" Mr Low said.

Dr Ng replied that while Singapore's best and brightest should be as good as native speakers in China and Taiwan, he was not keen on a homogenous system that ignored the changing landscape.

Ministry of Education professionals are in discussions with their counterparts in China and other countries that offer Chinese as a mother tongue language to set appropriate standards, he said.

The review will set the blueprint for MTL teaching for the next 10 to 15 years, he said. By the end of the year, the committee will have come up with a revised curriculum for the lower-primary level.

It will show, with exam formats and textbooks, examples of how the curriculum would look at each level.

Wed, May 19, 2010
my paper

By Rachel Chan

RELIEF FOR STUDENTS: 10-year series out in July

After almost six months, publisher Michelle Yoo might finally stop receiving frantic phone calls.

Her firm, Singapore Asian Publications, has received more than 50 calls daily from parents, teachers and students since the start of the year.

They wanted to know why they could not buy copies of the sought-after 10-year series, which compiles questions from past O- and A-level exams into books by subject.

The series was pulled because of a copyright issue.

For more than 40 years, the series, affectionately called TYS, has been relied upon by many students to beef up their confidence and exam smarts.

Dunman High student Lee Kang Lin, 18, said: 'The TYS gives us a very good gauge of what we will eventually face in the Cambridge exam. Whenever we approach our seniors for help, they always refer us to the TYS.'

There is good news now. The Ministry of Education (MOE) told The Sunday Times in an e-mail on Friday that the copyright issue had been resolved, and that the series will be back in July.

The Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the copyright holder, the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), reached an agreement on Friday.

For the past few months, students have been making do with preliminary exam papers from various schools, or scrambling to get copies of the TYS bought previously by others.

When told the good news, Kang Lin, however, said the release of the TYS in July may be 'too late'.

'I'm not relying much on the TYS as my school has been giving me exam papers from other schools, which now make up the bulk of my studying material,' said the student.

Still, she will buy the TYS for the mathematics and economics papers, 'to gauge exam standards'.

Local publishers, who have to tender for the right to produce the TYS, are also glad that the wait is over.

'If we are awarded the tender, the pressure for us then is to produce the TYS as quickly as possible since we have only about four months before the written exams begin,' said Ms Yoo.

Every year, the TYS is updated with the latest exam papers.

Assistant to the executive director of Shing Lee Publishers, Ms Adeline Ng, agreed that it is 'a bit too late'.

Typically, the peak period for TYS sales is the first half of the year.

Shing Lee said the number of copies it sold last year ranged from a few thousand to 20,000, depending on the subjects.

Maths and science are bestsellers while others like principles of accounts and food and nutrition are less popular due to a smaller pool of exam candidates.

Popular Book Company sold more than 100,000 copies of the TYS last year. It made up about 4 per cent of its total sales.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.
Tue, May 26, 2009
The Straits Times
By Estelle Low and Kimberley Lim

Former JC students selling school notes online

Take note if you are a junior college student in need of extra help to ace the exams.

You can go online and find former junior college students willing to pass on their school notes - but for a fee.

Related link:
» 'Students sell work that's not theirs'

Take the case of one seller who calls herself TripleAceTuition on 'Quote your price. Will sell to the highest bidder,' she said in her post.

Similarly, a quick search on the Internet for A-level notes will yield links to various websites, ranging from the forums at Singapore Press Holdings portal Stomp to a Facebook group.

The notes most in demand are for general paper, economics, geography, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Two ring files of notes can cost $30 to $100, depending on the subject and the volume of content.

In a practice which is believed to have started in 2007, online sellers are quick to call attention to the pedigree of their notes.

'Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Junior College notes are hot,' said a seller who wanted to be known only as Christopher.

'The response from potential buyers is almost immediate. Within one or two days, I can get four to five replies,' added the 18-year-old, who advertises on Stomp. He has just finished his A levels at Hwa Chong.

Materials on offer include lecture notes, school exam papers and worked solutions provided by teachers.

After negotiation, money is transferred to the seller's bank account before the notes are mailed, or cash is paid upon meeting in person.

But is it an infringement of copyright laws, given that the notes are the efforts of school teachers?

Checks by The Sunday Times reveal that most of the sellers seem to be unaware of, or disregard, the restrictions.

Their view is that they are no longer students of the school and do not expect any repercussions.

Also, they feel the exchange of notes is similar to getting them from friends in other JCs or buying them from the school bookshops.

Furthermore, most transactions are done through private messaging online or SMS. Hence, the identity of the seller is kept anonymous.

Under Singapore law, people who commit copyright offences can be fined up to $100,000 and jailed up to five years, or both.

However, a check with the vice-principals of Victoria Junior College and National Junior College shows that they are unaware of such ventures.

But there is at least one case of action being taken abroad to curb the practice.

In April last year, a professor from the University of Florida sued an online site, Einstein's Notes, which paid students to upload their lecture notes.

The lawyers for both sides have yet to arrive at an agreement.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.
By Debby Kwong

Tue, Dec 15, 2009
The Straits Times

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Past exam papers hot items

Private tuition is a booming industry, albeit one that is outside the tax system, and allows many retrenched professionals and executives to survive unemployment.

AMID shops selling things like designer bread and wristwatches is a little stall that hawks an unlikely item in most countries except Singapore – school test papers.

These bound documents, covering English, Maths, Science and Chinese in the 2009 exam, are sold at between S$30 and $40 per set. There are scores of such vendors all over the city.

In two nearby blocks of three-storey buildings in a suburban town centre, I counted no less than 15 tuition centres that offer almost every subject a child faces in the city’s stressful exams.

Others teach Life Sciences, Creative Writing or “Preparation for Primary 1”. Two are music centres, one teaches art and another provides Japanese lessons – mostly supplementary subjects.

At another suburb a kilometre away, 12 or more tuition centres are flourishing. Private tuition – together with the trade in test papers – has become a booming industry, probably raking in hundreds of millions of dollars and providing jobs for thousands of people.

These figures may be too conservative, if one takes into account what Singaporean parents spend on tuition to give their kids a head start.

A reporter who did a random interview with 12 students found that their parents spent an average S$500 a month on their tuition fees. In another case, a Chinese-language newspaper reported a father spent almost half his monthly salary, or S$960, to pay for his son’s English lessons.

In other countries, old test papers are generally used to wrap fish, but here it provides a living. Why are they so marketable?

Just as in societies like China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, Singaporeans worship academic achievement, maybe a little too excessively, some believe.

They have seen success often going to graduates with distinctions. They are picked for high office. It is exam results that often decide how well people are to live.

This is making test papers of top schools a hot commodity. Designed by individual primary and secondary schools to test their own pupils annually, they have long been packaged and sold. The higher ranked the school, the greater the demand.

In this small city of 700sq km, there are at least 500 tuition centres, each with a database of home tutors for parents to select from. The teachers charge hourly rates: S$15-S$20 for Primary 1-6, and S$20-S$28 for secondary 1-4.

Some tuition even takes place online, where test papers can be downloaded more cheaply. Some top junior college graduates have taken it further by selling their study notes on the web.

The exact size of the trade is not officially known because the thousands of people involved – especially freelance tutors or test paper vendors – work outside the tax system.

With the weak employment market for graduates, this is useful. It has allowed many retrenched professionals and executives to survive the crisis of unemployment.

More importantly, the role of the home tutor appears greater than the government is ready to admit. It touches the life of almost every Singaporean.

The Sunday Times conducted a poll in 2008 of 100 primary, secondary and junior college students and found that only three students did not have any tuition at all.

Even some university students have sought special tuition, but the starting age is getting lower. Two in every 10 involve kindergarten kids.

Contrary to belief, not all who seek help are students of average or poorer grades. They include straight-A students, too.

Predictably, the world crisis has pushed up the number of private tutors, many settling into it because it is recession-proof. This has allowed some jobless to survive.

A few with flair have actually done well enough to make it a career. For example, a physics tutor to 80 students reportedly earns about S$20,000 a month. Even students – undergraduates and Junior College students – are earning good pocket money this way.

The term “private tuition” is generally disliked by fun-loving teens and, one suspects, by the government, too, for two reasons.

First, the vast number of Singaporeans who rely on outside tuition is interpreted by critics as indicating that the school system is far from adequate.

Second, a lot of this thriving revenue is going to individuals, rather than the Treasury – unreported and untaxed. It is part of the underground economy that no finance minister wants to have.

Does tuition help to improve grades? The answer cannot be “no” when 97% of students have done it.

It provides a crucial help to children who are weak in certain subjects, be it English, Maths or Chinese. Singapore schools supply a general education that is quite modern and diverse.

It is winning accolades from some countries which have adopted its methods of teaching. However, it also faces criticisms for not producing creative workers good at solving problems.

A retired school principal commented: “Our children are very good at Science and Maths, but they are not groomed to be independent thinkers.”

Saturday July 10, 2010
Insight Down South by SEAH CHIANG NEE