Saturday, January 29, 2011

SBA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with six Schools for its (PBE) Scheme

The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) is signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the following six Schools for its inaugural Partners in Badminton Excellence (PBE) Scheme:


The objective of the PBE Scheme is to encourage badminton youth talents in Singapore to develop themselves further in the sport as they pursue their academic goals.

“SBA seek through this MOU, to recognise and support partner- Schools to better integrate top badminton talents into the Singapore education and sports development systems. The ultimate goal is to further develop well-rounded youths excelling in both studies and sports, capable of winning internationally" explained Mr Lee Yi Shyan, SBA President who is also Minister of State (Trade and Industry, and Manpower).

Under the MOU, SBA and the participating Schools seek to further develop the sport of badminton amongst student-athletes in the following three areas:

a) Best Practices and Coaching Methodology
To promote these, SBA will seek to organize for the signatory Schools’ badminton players numbering about 300, coaching clinics and other developmental courses to share best practices; as well as promote these students jointly with the Schools as “ambassadors” of the badminton sport at the school and national sports association levels. The Schools’ teachers-in-charge of badminton and coaches may also attend specially-organised game knowledge, coaching and/or technical officiating workshops or seminars organized by SBA; receive support from SBA to attend other courses in sports psychology, nutrition and various aspects of sports science; and obtain from SBA, High Performance (HPE) guidelines and standards for the development of their school players as future elite athletes for the national badminton squad.

b) Competition Exposure to Raise the Standard of Play
In this regard, SBA seeks to provide the Schools’ players with the opportunity to vie for a place in specially-formed SBA-PBE Selection Teams to participate in suitable overseas age-group competitions or training trips organized by SBA; as well as join the national badminton teams for sparring sessions. SBA may also facilitate the holding of inter-PBE School competitions and the participation of the Schools’ top shuttlers in SBA-organised international and domestic age-group tournaments.

c) Talent Identification, Attraction, Development and Retention
To help identify, attract and encourage the retention of top student talents in badminton, the participating Schools will seek to establish and provide an academic scholarship under the PBE Scheme, in a form to be determined by the School, for up to two selected badminton talents annually. The PBE scholarship will cover the period from the Scheme’s Candidate’s point of admission into the School till the PSLE or GCE O Level or GCE N Level examination. Finally, SBA will also render its support wherever possible to the Schools for their efforts to raise or secure more funds to help develop the badminton sport in their Schools.

“In these specific ways, SBA hopes to work closer with our partnering Schools to raise the standard of coaching and play in the Schools. By sharing resources and ideas, we also hope that collectively, our School partners can achieve more in the badminton sport than they individually can,” said Mr Tan Kian Chew, Secretary-General of SBA.

These signatory Schools were among several invited by SBA to be part of the Scheme because of their good track record in supporting their students to excel in badminton at the schools and national age-group tournaments. These Schools also have good training facilities and qualified, experienced coaches.

Beyond this initial batch of six Schools comprising four secondary and two primary schools with a total of about 300 student-athletes, SBA looks forward to more schools joining its PBE Scheme in future, so as to further expand its base of aspiring youth talents who form the developmental pipeline from local schools to the national badminton teams.

The MOU will be signed on 24 February 2010 at Montfort Junior School by the principals or staff of the participating Schools and SBA’s Deputy President Sam Goi and Secretary-General Tan Kian Chew. The ceremony will be witnessed by SBA President Lee Yi Shyan who is also the Minister of State (Trade and Industry, and Manpower).

The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) was founded in 1929 and seeks to promote and develop badminton, one of the most popular sports in Singapore, as well as establish the Republic as a top badminton nation in the world. As the governing body for badminton in Singapore, SBA also co-ordinates, regulates, advises and administers all matters relating to the sport. SBA is a member of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC), and an affiliate of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). SBA which has a total of 45 member clubs is led by an elected Management Committee headed by its President, Lee Yi Shyan, who is also Singapore’s Minister of State (Trade and Industry, and Manpower). For more information and updates on SBA, visit

Edwin Pang / Vivien Seong
CEO / Senior HPA and Corporate Relations Manager
Singapore Badminton Association
Tel: 6767 1247 (HP: 98469494) / Tel: 6767 1242 (HP: 90623056)
Email: edwin /

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Check out the school's credentials

Private school students here were suddenly cut short when it folded advised to make checks to ensure their school is properly accredited.

IF YOU have decided to pursue higher education after O levels, you need to find the right school.

You don't want to enrol in a private education institution (PEI) and later learn the qualifications it offers will not be recognised by employers here.

Worse, the school may fold, leaving you in the lurch.

Mr Giri Subramaniam, senior education counsellor at education consultants IDP Education Pty Ltd, said: "As there are two types of qualifications, academic and professional, it is important for students to check how their qualifications are considered for professional courses.

"At IDP, the counsellors will advise you accordingly. Students should never work on assumption and always seek professional advice to ensure that their qualifications are recognised in Singapore."

Some basic steps to check on a private school's credentials include checking if the school's telephone number is still in service, examining the school's website for inaccuracies and talking to former alumni.

Dr Sally Yong, director of the academic division of SMa Institute of Higher Learning, said prospective students should first check whether the school or institute is registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE).


She said students can check the CPE website at to find out the list of accredited schools, especially those that have been awarded EduTrust certification.

Private schools registering with the CPE must meet higher standards in a number of areas, including certification of courses and teachers' qualifications. If they fail to meet these standards by June, they will be ordered to close.

Dr Yong said: "The EduTrust certification is important as only such institutions can offer placement for international students who require a student's pass from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority."

The requirements for EduTrust certification include having independent academic and examination boards, transparency over the schools' finances, clear rules about teacher recruitment and links to other educational institutions.

Dr Yong said foreign students who wish to study at SMa Institute, one of the CPE-approved and EduTrust-certified PEIs, can get help from their appointed agents in their home countries.

"A list of our approved recruitment agents is listed on our website. These agents have undergone training with us and would be able to advise students on our courses and provide information on studying in Singapore.

"We also have a dedicated Student Care Unit to provide assistance and organise activities for international students," Dr Yong said.

Once you have found an accredited private school, it is then up to you to make the best of the opportunities given to you, like how Mr Asaph Ho Lian Yi, 18, did. He scored 30 points for his five best subjects in his 2008 O level examinations.

He enrolled in a Diploma in Tourism Management course at Shatec Institutes and will graduate in late November.

His current grade point average is 3.12 and he plans to further his studies in the University of Nevada Las Vegas (Asia campus) after his National Service.

"I have received a scholarship from Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd where I will be doing my coming internship. They will be paying most of my school fees.

"So I really want to thank the lecturers and staff who supported me and believed in me in Shatec Institutes," he said.

Arul John | The New Paper | Mon Jan 10 2011

School's over

The closure of School of Applied Studies leaves 300 students stranded, citing 'financial difficulties'.

ON WEDNESDAY at 4am, the Council of Private Education (CPE) received an e-mail from the School of Applied Studies (SAS).

It stated that the private school had decided to cease operating due to "financial difficulties" over the last eight months.

The e-mail also had the school seeking the CPE's assistance to place its students at other private education institutions (PEIs).

This is the first time a PEI has closed down since the CPE was set up.

The CPE was formed in December last year to impose tighter regulations on the local private education industry.

This was done to raise standards and to protect students who might be left stranded and scrambling to get their money back should a PEI close down without warning.

The closure of the SAS has left 300 students stranded, 85 of whom are international students on student passes.

The school specialised in diplomas in Psychology, Hospitality Management and Business Studies.

Its diploma in Hospitality Management is academically consulted by the Lausanne Hotel School, while the rest of the diplomas are its own.

Students whom The New Paper spoke to said that their first suspicion that the school was in trouble came in the form of a text message from the school on Monday.

"Three hours before my lesson was due to start, I was told in an SMS that the school was undergoing renovation. That was very odd," said Mr Louis Ooi, 24, who is currently unemployed.

He was later informed that the CPE and the SAS would jointly hold a briefing for affected students on Wednesday evening.

The briefing, which was held at the school's premises at Park Mall, was attended by more than 100 students.

When The New Paper went to the SAS's premises on Wednesday night, the place was in disarray, with books, papers and stationery scattered all over the school's front counter.

During the briefing, students were told how to claim their outstanding course fees from insurance companies, and were given a list of options to other PEIs.

But even so, many were dissatisfied and surrounded the SAS's CEO, Mr Jeremy Low, after the briefing ended.

Voices were raised, tempers flared and explanations were demanded from him.

When the last student left the school's premises at about 10pm, The New Paper spoke to a tired-looking Mr Low.

He claimed that he owed the landlord three months' rent and that he sold his condominium apartment for $950,000 to pay off his debts.

He said he currently still owes the bank about $200,000.

"It wasn't supposed to be like this. I started the school on such a good note, and now..." he said, his voice trailing off.

Mr Low said this is his first time setting up a PEI.

He claimed that the school was registered last year and started operations in January the same year.

When the school first started, Mr Low said he managed to "collect a little pot of gold" after receiving payment from students to start their courses at the school.

Mr Low said things were going well, until the CPE was formed.

Cashflow problems

He started experiencing cashflow problems from January this year onwards and blamed the CPE's student protection measures for this.

Under the CPE's measures, the SAS is allowed to collect only up to six months' worth of fees in advance, if the industry-wide fee protection insurance to cover the fees paid by students has been procured.

"This measure has been put in place precisely to safeguard students' interests in case a PEI closes," said the CPE spokesman.

Mr Low said that because he could not collect payment for one-year courses in full, students ended up dragging their feet when it was time to pay the balance of their course fees.

"I started to lose that little pot of gold," he said.

The SAS also failed to be awarded the EduTrust Certification and could not run some of its diploma programmes.

"I was told that my programme was not good enough," said Mr Low.

The CPE spokesman said that as regulatory standards were raised under the new Private Education Act, PEIs would "need to make certain adjustments to comply with the higher requirements".

Added the spokesman: "It may be inevitable that some PEIs may face difficulties in making the transition."

From February onwards, Mr Low said he took loans amounting to more than $1 million to keep his business afloat.

He claimed he spent a lot of money to promote the school at the career fair in March but didn't get the desired results.

On June 30, his licence to recruit foreign students expired.

At this point, the SAS had an operating cost of about $130,000 a month, but a revenue of only $30,000 a month, he said.

So Mr Low started looking for investors.

"I managed to find one in September, who was willing to pump in $6 million to help me, but he backed out suddenly.

"That's when I knew I could no longer hold on to the business," he claimed.

He added that students were told of the school undergoing "renovation" for two weeks because he wanted to buy time to settle matters.

When contacted, the CPE spokesman said that the body had intervened to help affected students following complaints from students that the SAS had "suddenly announced an unscheduled 14-day term break" and upon finding the SAS's premises locked.

Since the CPE was formed, 195 PEIs have been granted registration under the Enhanced Registration Frameworkfor the private education sector.

Another 115 PEIs are currently undergoing evaluation.

Students from the SAS with further queries may contact the CPE Student Services Centre at 6592 2108 or

Bryna Sim | The New Paper | Sat Oct 23 2010

'I lost a lot of money when the school closed'

Two Vietnamese students' studies at a private school were suddenly cut short when it folded.

[Above: Miss To Thi Nhi Ha (left), and Ms Susan Trinh]

STUDENTS planning to study in private educational institutions should be careful about the schools they choose to avoid what happened to Ms Susan Trinh, 28, and Miss To Thi Nhi Ha, 22.

The Vietnamese nationals were studying at the School of Applied Studies (SAS), but their studies were cut short when the school shut in October.

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Miss To, who came to Singapore in January, had planned to study for a Specialist Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality and then a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Tourism.

The diploma was awarded by SAS and the degree by IUKB in Switzerland, but Miss To had not even completed her diploma course before the school closed.

She said: "Susan and I had no idea the school would close. I paid the full fees of over $30,000 in advance because I learnt that SAS was covered by CaseTrust and I thought my school fees would be protected.

"I also paid for insurance, but the insurance will pay out only about $7,000. I do not know what will happen to the rest of my money.

"My parents and elder brother saved money for many years to help me pay for the course."

Ms Trinh, who owns a fashion business in Ho Chi Minh City, previously studied in East Asia Institute of Management in 2005, but returned to Singapore in November 2008 to pursue an SAS Specialist Diploma in Business Administration programme.

She finished the course but had yet to graduate before SAS folded.

"I went to Singapore because it is a good place to learn about fashion and business. I also chose Singapore because it is near to Vietnam, is cheaper to study than in Europe and is also a good place for private education.

"I paid nearly $12,000 for my course, but I do not know whether I can get it back," she said.

Help from CPE

Fortunately for both women, the CPE stepped in to help them soon after SAS shut.

"The CPE representatives went to SAS to meet all the students before the school closed. They briefed us on the options available and helped to transfer us to other schools," said Miss To, whose parents are retired and brother is the sole breadwinner.

She is awaiting news on whether East Asia Institute of Management (EASB) will accept her for its Tourism & Hospitality Management course.

Ms Trinh began studying for her Advanced Diploma in Business Administration programme at Kaplan Singapore on Dec 15.

"I chose Kaplan because it is near my home and is a big and well-established school. When my family learnt about the SAS closing, some of them advised me to return to Vietnam, but I decided to stay on and finish my studies in Singapore," she said.

Miss To said tearfully: "I chose EASB as it has a course in Tourism & Hospitality Management. So far, only my brother knows about the SAS closure.

"I did not tell my parents as my dad is ill and I do not think he can take it."

While both women are grateful for the help they received from the CPE, Miss To felt more can be done to help them get their money back.

"Many Vietnamese students want to study in Singapore, but they are afraid to do so when they read about the public schools that have closed.''

Arul John | The New Paper | Tue Jan 25 2011

Local vs foreign talent in schools

After the recent O-level results were released, much attention has fallen on foreign students who made up nearly half of the top 40 students in the cohort.

Why are they excelling beyond local students? RazorTV finds out.

Why foreign kids outperform local kids: MM Lee

New immigrants are more highly educated, and their children will provide stiff competition to local students.

Some foreign students may be outperforming local kids in examinations such as the O levels, but that is not the reason to stop welcoming foreign talent, said Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, at the 25th anniversary of the S'pore federation of Chinese Clan associations (SFCCA).

For the sake of national interest, Singapore must continue to welcome new immigrants to its shores.

Speaking in a mix of Mandarin and English, MM Lee offered his thoughts on why there are visibly more foreigners excelling in this year's O-level examinations.

He said new immigrants entering Singapore are more highly educated, and therefore these graduates will produce intelligent children that will offer more competition to local students.

But MM Lee also added that there are "many, ordinary immigrants".

Edvantage | Wed Jan 19 2011

$45 million to make mother tongue lessons fun ...

New media for oral examinations and more options for students with different abilities.

Those are some of the recommendations the Mother Tongue Language Review Committee will enact to help students who come from English-speaking homes.

MM Lee gets rock star treatment at Dunman High

During the one hour visit, MM Lee observed lessons and spent most of his time interacting with pupils.

The students clapped, cheered and took snapshots with their camera phones - all to welcome Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, as he arrived at Dunman High School on Monday (January 24).

During the one-hour visit, MM Lee observed lessons and spent most of his time interacting with the pupils in class.

Minister Mentor has been visiting several schools for the past few months to gauge the quality of education, and as far as the equipment is concerned, his verdict is that neighbourhood schools are as good as the brand name schools.

The only difference, he says, is the students' family background.

In MM’s view, if at least one parent has a university education, the home background will be more supportive for the student's learning. The challenge is to get lesser educated parents to understand that they should get their children to acquire knowledge by themselves from a young age, rather than be spoon-fed by the teachers.

MM Lee also emphasised the importance of bilingualism in Singapore. He said even though 80 percent of lessons in school are taught in English, students should try their best to maintain a high level of Mandarin.

Watch MM’s visit to Dunman High where he was treated like a rock star.

More parents of students in brand name schools are grads: MM

That is the main difference when comparing against students from neighbourhood schools.

THE difference in the nature of students is what divides those in "brand name" schools from those from neighbourhood schools.

Following visits to several schools, including top ones and neighbourhood schools, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew found that teachers on the whole were competent and facilities were adequate. He had done this in order to "have a sense of quality of the schools, the nature of the students, to see whether we are being fair to everybody".

He concluded that the "brand name" schools charged higher fees, and better teachers gravitate to them because of their higher status. He said: "But in the neighbourhood schools, they are just as competent."

Speaking to reporters yesterday afternoon after a visit to Dunman High School, Mr Lee revealed that he had asked for statistics on the educational background of parents of students from a range of schools.

He said that a marked difference in the educational background of parents divided the students of "brand name" schools from those in neighbourhood ones.

The statistics revealed that the percentage of students whose fathers are university- educated stayed above the 50 per cent mark in top schools such as Raffles Institution, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Hwa Chong Institution.

From the data on the four neighbourhood schools, Chai Chee Secondary School recorded the highest percentage of 13.1 per cent.

"And that is the situation which we face: to get the lesser-educated parents to understand that at an early stage, they must try and get their children accustomed to go into the library, (get them) reading and trying to get used to acquiring knowledge by themselves," said Mr Lee.

He also stressed on the important role of family background in a student's development in bilingualism.

Mr Lee said: "It is important that we're an English-language working society. But at the same time, we want to keep as much of a higher level of mother tongue as possible."

Mr Lee said he decided to visit the Special Assistance Plan school - which offers a Bilingual Programme that teaches the basics of translation between Chinese and English - to see if it could help its students cultivate equal mastery of the two languages.

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During the visit, Mr Lee met students and asked them what languages they spoke at home.

After sitting in on a Chinese Studies class, he found most of the students to be more fluent in English.

"That is inevitable," he said. "If your Mandarin is better than your English, then you may be disadvantaged in Singapore.

"I emphasise English because I want the non-Chinese Singaporean parents to understand that their children are not losing out when we say improve standards in Chinese.

"We're still an English-speaking working society. So when I hold a meeting like this, I speak English."

my paper | Tue Jan 25 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuition centre offers 'money-back guarantee', but...

One parent complained she did not get $3,000 refund even though her son's grades did not improve after a year.

Tuition centre which claimed to offer students a 'money-back guarantee' if their grades don't improve has not made good on its promise, said one parent.

Madam Lin, 53, told Shin Min Daily News that her son's grades has not improved despite sending him for 30 classes, spending about $3,000 in all.

Madam Lin said her son, who just completed primary school, had scored Bs for his maths and english subjects when he was in Primary 5. Concerned that his grades would not get him into a top secondary school, Madam Lin decided to send him for tuition.

The tuition centre she enrolled her son in had previously visited the school to promote their courses. According to Madam Lin, she was impressed by their 'money back guarantee', and they promised to return all fees paid if the students' grades did not improve.

Madam Lin paid about $100 for each of the 30 classes.

Her son started attending the classes twice a week at the beginning of last year, with each session lasting three hours.

However, at the school's year-end examinations, her son only scored 60 marks for the math paper - worse than the year before.

In the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) last year, he managed to improve on his English grade by scoring an A, but he got a B for his math paper.

"My son was initially enrolled in another tuition centre that charged only $20 per class. This (tuition centre) charged about $100, and I was convinced by the 'money-back guarantee' and so enrol him in this centre instead. But in the end, his grades did not improve, and now I can't get my money back."

Madam Lin also complained that she had found that her son's grades were dropping just six months after enrolling in the centre. She notified the centre, but they only told her that her son will have to do more practice worksheets.

After the PSLE results were announced, Madam Lin tried several times to get her money back from the tuition centre, however, her requests were repeatedly denied.

She said the centre eventually showed her the contract which she had signed during the enrollment, which said only students who scored between 30 to 74 marks in their Primary 5 papers will be eligible for the 'money-back guarantee'.

Her son's grades in Primary Five, which was more than 74 marks, made him uneligible, according to the centre.

When interviewed, the manager of the tuition centre in question said the matter was a result of 'miscommunication' between the staff and Madam Lin.

The matter was investigated and Madam Lin accepted the centre's explanation, said the manager.

Madam Lin admits she did not notice the fine print when signing the document, but said she is still unhappy that there was such a clause in the contract

Edvantage | Sat Jan 15 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Unis, polys and ITE tuition fees to rise in 2011

Most undergraduate courses to increase by 4%, other courses to see hike of 6%.

THE three universities, five polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) announced separately yesterday that they will raise tuition fees for the academic year starting this year.

The universities announced an increase in tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and financial aid schemes for the Academic Year (AY) 2011, which commences in August 2011.

At the polytechnics and ITE, the fee increase will hit new and existing students. At the universities, however, the fee increases will affect only incoming freshmen, but male students who applied for places before their national service will have their tuition fees pegged to the date of their applications.

Across the board, the fee hikes are steeper for non-citizens.

Tuition fees for S'pore citizens

For NUS, the annual tuition fees for most undergraduate courses for SC will increase by 4%; this represents an annualised increase of 1.6% over four years. Fees for the incoming AY2011 intake of SC for graduate courses (coursework and research) will be adjusted upwards by 6%, with the exception of Nursing.

Fees for Architecture, Business, Law, Music, Nursing and Pharmacy will increase by 6%; or an annualised increase of 2.3% over four years.

This means that for an Arts and Social Sciences degree, one would have to fork out $7,170, instead of $6,890. While for a Business degree, fees will now be $7,940 instead of $7,490.

For NTU, the hike also marks an increase of 4 per cent and represents an annualised increase of 1.6% over 4 years.

Business programmes at NTU will increase by 6%. According to a press statement from NTU, the business programmes are conducted in smaller groups in a seminar-style format, which requires a lower student-to-faculty ratio, and thus incurs higher cost.

Current students already enrolled in NTU will not be affected by this revision. Similarly, returning National Servicemen will continue to enjoy tuition fees based on the year they were offered a place at the University

Postgraduate course fees

Fees for the incoming intake of students for postgraduate courses (coursework and research) will be adjusted upwards by 6 per cent for AY2011. In subsequent years, the fees for the AY2011 intake will be increased by 3 per cent annually for the remaining duration of their course.

Tuition Fees for Permanent Residents (PR) and International Students (IS) in NTU, NUS

To achieve a sharper differentiation by citizenship, PR and IS admitted to NTU in AY2011 will pay between $700 and $1,320 more than the existing fee rates for PR, and between $1,140 and $2,180 more than the existing annual rates for IS.

Those admitted to NUS in AY2011 will pay between $480 and $2,180 more than the existing fee rates for SPR, and between $970 and $3,720 more than existing annual rates for IS.

Financial aid widely available

To help students who need assistance, NTU will set aside $5.65 million in financial aid in AY2011. This will provide for bursaries, Work Study Schemes, loans and emergency grants for NTU undergraduates. The total available financial aid, funded by the university and donations for AY2011 will amount to $14 million, same as in AY2010.

Students who need advice on financial assistance can contact NTU’s Office of Admissions & Financial Aid at or at 6790 4115 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 6790 4115 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Details of the schemes are available on this website:

NUS also has its own comprehensive range of financial assistance schemes - such as Tuition Fee Loan, NUS Study Loan, NUS/MOE Bursary, Work-Study Assistance, as well as NUS Student Assistance Loan.

For Singapore citizens:

(1) Tuition Fee Loan: up to 90% of tuition fees payable at SC rate
CPF Education Scheme / Mendaki Subsidy: up to 100% of fees payable
(2) NUS Study Loan: 10% of tuition fees payable at SC rate and living allowance of $3,600
(3) NUS Bursary of up to $1,650
(4) NUS Student Assistance Loan
(5) Work-study Assistance

For Singapore PRs

(1) Tuition Fee Loan: up to 90% of tuition fees payable at SC rate
CPF Education Scheme: up to 100% of fees payable
(2) NUS Study Loan: 10% of tuition fees payable at SC rate and living allowance of $3,600
(3) NUS Bursary of up to $1,570
(4) NUS Student Assistance Loan
(5) Work-study Assistance

For International Students

(1) Tuition Fee Loan: up to 90% of tuition fees payable at SC rate
CPF Education Scheme: up to 100% of fees payable
(2) NUS Study Loan: 10% of tuition fees payable at SC rate and living allowance of $3,600
(3) NUS Bursary of up to $1,320
(4) NUS Student Assistance Loan
(5) Work-study Assistance

Edvantage | Fri Jan 14 2011

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MM Lee a mischievous student in Raffles Institution?

MM Lee said his RI education made him realise the importance of recognising a person's talent regardless of race, religion or a person's wealth.

Speaking to 800 guests at the Raffles Institution inaugural Gryphon Award, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew reaffirmed his belief in meritocracy as practised in Singapore's education system and the governance of the country.

Recalling his days as an RI boy, he said that being surrounded by students from various socio-economic backgrounds made him realise the importance of recognising a person's talent regardless of his race, religion or parent's wealth.

MM Lee was the first person to receive the Gryphon Award, which is given to illustrious Rafflesians who have contributed greatly to the nation.

Catch highlights of the event and MM's full speech on RazorTV

Rachel Scully | RazorTV | Fri Jan 14 2011

Overcoming his failures

Melvil Seah's hard work and dedication to self-improvement helped him move from N(T) to Express stream.

HE SCORED a mere 127 for his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and could qualify only for the Normal (Technical) stream.

That was a wake-up call for Melvil Seah.

He told himself that hehad to buck up. And he did.

At the end of Secondary 2, he was promoted to the Normal(Academic) stream.

Later, he went one step further and made it to the Express stream.

Yesterday, the student from Yusof Ishak Secondary School was praised in front of the whole school by his English teacher, Ms Clarisse Ng, 44, for scoring 14 points for his L1R5 in the O levels.

The 17-year-old had already been accepted by Ngee Ann Polytechnic through the Direct Admissions Exercise.

He will be studying sustainable urban design because his favourite subject in secondary school was Design & Technology (D&T). He scored an A1 for that subject. Melvil's road to redemption started when he fared poorly in his PSLE. He was just not interested in studying then.

"I liked to play a lot," he said.

Realised he had potential

But when he did well in his first semester in Secondary 1, he realised he had the potential to do better.

At the end of Secondary 2, he was promoted to the N(A) stream. But he had to repeat Secondary 2 in the N(A) stream to gain a basic foundation before hecould go onto Secondary 3 N(A).

This was a condition stipulated by the Ministry of Education.

Melvil did even better during his repeat year andwas promoted to the Express stream in Secondary 3.

He said his friend shad helped him with his studies.

"Studying alone was boring, so a group of us would go to a friend's house for revision," he added.

"We challenged one another to see who achieved better results. This motivated meto study harder."

Melvil also had his teachers to thank. He had always struggled to pass English, his weakest subject.

But Ms Ng, who is also the school's head of department of English Language, held extra lessons three or four times a week for students who were weak in the subject.

Sometimes, Ms Ng and Melvil would return to school on Saturdays so the teen could practise his essay writing.

Melvil failed his English in the prelims but managed to get a C6 in the O levels - his best result for the subject so far.

"I was very relieved because I was worried I wouldn't pass it," he said.

He is also grateful to his Secondary 2 N(T) form teacher, Miss Mageswari Rajah, 28, who suggested that he should be promoted to the N(A) stream.

"Miss Rajah always helped me out with school work like social studies and D&T in Sec 3 and 4," he said.

Melvil said he would like to study engineering at a local university.

Jennifer Dhanaraj | The New Paper | Wed Jan 12 2011

He overcame cancer and scored 5 As

Lionel's determination to overcome cancer spurred him to achieve better in his second O'Levels attempt.

JUST one month before his O-level exams in October 2009, Lionel Khoo began suffering severe pains in his abdomen.

The general practitioner he saw thought it was appendicitis.

But his mother, Mrs May Khoo, 49, felt it was something more serious.

"It was just a mother's instinct," the executive told The New Paper yesterday.

"We took him to the hospital the next day and a CT scan revealed a tumour in his intestines."

The doctors diagnosed Lionel with Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mainly children.

He had to undergo surgery to remove 38 cm of his intestines, followed by aggressive sessions of chemotherapy almost immediately.

His stitches from the operation were not even fully healed when he started on the chemotherapy treatment, said his father, Mr Peter Khoo, 53.

Lionel returned to school only in June last year to start preparing for the O levels again.

Yesterday, Lionel, a student of St Hilda's Secondary School, surprised many, including himself, when he scored 11 points for his L1R5 (First Language andrelevant five subjects), including five As.

"I'm really surprised. I could not study at all when I was undergoing treatment, and everything felt alien when I looked at the books again," he said.

"I think the school environment helped me a lot. My teachers and classmates were all very helpful and supportive."

Lionel was also part of the school's volleyball team that won the National Schools Championships in April 2009.

"We were all so shocked to hear the news," said his volleyball coach, Miss Teo Siew Lan, 51.

"The volleyball players were a close-knit group and they all took turns to visit him when he was in the hospital."

The chemotherapy sessions were tough on Lionel, who turned 18 last Tuesday.

"At first, I thought, 'Why me?' and I was very upset during the first two months of the treatment.

"I suffered from nausea and loss of appetite all the time but I still had to force myself to eat.

"But after a while, I realised I had to stop wallowing in self-pity and just move on."

Lionel spent the first two months of chemotherapy in an isolation ward and was later moved to a normal four-bed ward with other cancer patients.

To keep his spirits up, he spent most of his time watching sitcoms and reading.

Mr Khoo quit his job to take care of Lionel.

"Lionel's chemotherapy sessions had to be more aggressive because of the nature of his cancer," he said.

» Overcoming deaths in her family

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"He went through 14 days of treatment, took two to five days of break, then it was back to treatment again.

"The chemotherapy treatments took about eight months to complete."

Lionel's aunt, Mrs Yim Nam Calais, 40, a teacher at St Hilda's Secondary, gave him extra English lessons to help him catch up.

Like his parents and teachers, she was all praise for his perseverance.

Mrs Calais said: "When he first started lessons after his treatments, he was easily tired and suffered from a short attention span. But he did not give up,and consulted his teachers when he needed help."

Lionel scored an A1 for English, an improvement from his usual B3.

Lionel, who hopes to work in oncology in the future and help other cancer patients, said: "When I was in the four-bed ward,some of the patients on the beds next to mine died. I did not know them personally but I still felt very sad."

Linette Heng | The New Paper | Wed Jan 12 2011

She overcame deaths in the family to do well

Vivian Tan fought through her grief of losing both her father and brother during her exam period to obtain good results.

A FEW days before her Secondary 3 prelim exams, her dad died from a lung infection.

Tragedy struck again when her older brother died just a few months before her N-Level exams in 2009 during a taekwondo competition.

But 17-year-old Vivian Tan fought through her grief. She was determined to do her best in her studies.

Yesterday, the bubbly Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) student from Serangoon Garden Secondary School was pleasantly surprised by her O-level results.

She obtained 23 points for her L1R4. Her grades qualify her for some polytechnic courses.

Business diploma

She said she hopes to pursue a diploma in business in Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

Vivian, an active member of the school band, said: "I expected to get more than 26 points as I did not really study in the first half of the year."

The past two years, in particular, have been a rough ride.

She recalled: "My dad, who had a stroke seven years ago , died from a lung infection.

Although he had been suffering all this while, he never once gave up on himself."

Her father, an engineer, was her biggest inspiration.

Then came the next blow, in July 2009.

Her brother, NYP student Vincent Tan, died after he was kicked in the neck during a taekwondo sparring match.

The kick ruptured amain blood vessel to his brain.

Said Vivian: "After the (deaths of my father and brother), my mother would often cry whenever she sees the family portrait sitting in my brother's room."

In the days to follow, Vivian became her mother's confidante while she juggled her studies.

She would help out with the housework as her mother, a hawker, would usually return home late.

Vivian's form teacher, Ms Sim Hui Hwang, told The New Paper that she was proud of her student.

Ms Sim, 52, said: "Vivian's a go-getter. She had set her mind to doing well and getting into a polytechnic and she has now achieved it."

But, she added: "She always had this impression that she would never match up to her mother's expectations of her brother,who was in the Express stream."

When asked how her mother reacted to her results, Vivian said with a slight smile: "She just told me it's okay."

Her mother, Mrs Julia Tan, 50 , said over the phone: "Of course, I am happy for her.

"It has been a very stressful time for our family and I'm glad that she has coped well."

"As parents, we are always proud of our own children and love them no matter how well or badly they do."

Geraldine Yeo | The New Paper | Wed Jan 12 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Parents queue overnight for place on kindergarten waitlist

They queued for hours just to get kids on Nanyang Kindergarten's pre-nursery waitlist for enrolment in 2013.

They may be 'kiasu', but they're not afraid to admit it.

Parents queued overnight outside of Nanyang Kindergarten to get their one-year-olds on the waitlist for their pre-nursery enrolment in 2013, reported the Straits Times

Those in the pre-nursery programme when they are three, will continue into the kindergarten programme until they are six.

One big reason for its popularity? The school along Bukit Timah boasts Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his children among its notable alumni.

Another reason is the school's emphasis on the teaching of Chinese language.

A queue started forming at 9pm on Sunday, and by the time registration started yesterday at 7.30am, more than 70 parents were already filing past the school gates, with the $100 administration fee in hand.

There are now more than 100 names on the waiting list, said the school's principal, Magdalene Ang.

According to the Straits Times, registration will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those whose siblings are current or former pupils, or whose parents were former students of the kindergarten.

But this system is apparently not enough to assure some parents already on the priority list.

One parent whom the Straits Times spoke to, Mr Jason tang, 46, started queuing at 5am because he did not want to take any chances. His elder son, six, is already in Nanyang Kindergarten which would put his second child on the priority list.

The high school fees are not a deterring factor either. According to the report, prices for a 10 week term and pre-nursery in 2009 costs between $1,669.20 and $1,776.20, double what it was before.

pls note that : The 74-year-old kindergarten is also the alma mater of PM Lee Hsien Loong and his children.

Top SCGS student ahead of her peers

Top O level student from SCGS is a year younger than the rest of her classmates; credits her parents for her 9A1s.

She may be a year younger and slightly shorter than her peers, but 15-year-old Julia Fung proved she is certainly no pushover when it comes to her studies.

The cheerful and eloquent Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) student scored 9 A1s and 1 A2 in the 2010 GCE O level results released today, making her the school's top student.

She scored A1s in English, Full literature, Combined Social Studies and Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, E Math, A Math and Higher music. Her only A2 was for her second language subject, German.

She chose German as her mother tongue because French and German were the only foreign languages she studied from her years overseas as a child. Julia's father works as a banker and had to relocate the family for work; her mother is a lawyer.
Julia grew up in New York and London before coming to Singapore when she was 10, and was placed in Primary 6.

Speaking with AsiaOne, she credits her family's support for her excellent results. "They were my chauffeurs, and PAs (personal assistants)," said Julia with a laugh.
Julia, who has a younger brother in Primary 1 this year, also thanked her 'amazing teachers' for helping her not only with school work, but providing pastoral support as well.

Studying for the exams was not all a breeze though, as she was involved in the Youth Olympic Games up until August and had to cope with the hectic schedule on top of her studies.

Her advice for those taking their O's this year?

"Don't just focus on studying. I didn't want to spend my last year of a happy time in SCGS just studying. The good thing about being in SCGS is that the teachers don't stress you too much and don't over-emphasize on exams. It's a balanced education and I think it helps us cope better. I kept up all my extra-curricular activities all the way through and enjoyed them."

Julia will be entering Anglo Chinese School (Independent) next week, and hopes to pursue her passion in Science.

But for now, her extended family will be celebrating her results with her favourite meal of chicken rice - proof her years away from home have not eradicated her taste for some things Singaporean.

Candice Cai | Edvantage | Tue Jan 11 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Overnight queue to get on waitlist of kindergarten

This mum, with her baby in tow, was among parents and family members who were at Nanyang Kindergarten on Monday morning, to get their tots on the waiting list for a place in the popular school in 2013. Some had even camped overnight. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

THEY came with picnic mats, umbrellas and iPads - some with maids and babies in tow - and waited for hours.

They were not queueing for the hottest property launch or the latest gadgets - but a spot on the waiting list of Nanyang Kindergarten, one of the most sought-after kindergartens in Singapore.

Zero for 'O' Levels

16-year-old Xavier Ong tweeted the cover page of his 'O' Level Social Studies examination paper in November last year 13 minutes before the exam started.

He was given a T for all his subjects, meaning "termination of results due to exam misconduct".

Xavier Ong, the teenager who had his 'O' Level results terminated after he tweeted a picture of one of his examination papers, says he still has a future ahead of him despite that.

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MOE to tighten teacher-selection process

Chan | my paper | Tue Jan 11 2011

But it will not be mandatory for schools to declare the misconduct of each potential candidate.

THE Ministry of Education (MOE) will tighten its processes in selecting teachers and scholars, but will stop short of making it mandatory for schools to declare the misconduct of each potential candidate, said Dr Ng Eng Hen in Parliament yesterday.

"Obviously, we don't have a foolproof system," he qualified.

The Minister for Education was responding to questions from Members of Parliament (MPs), who asked whether MOE would review its screening criteria and procedures following criminal cases involving a trainee teacher and a former scholar.

Jonathan Wong, 23, was studying at the University of York in Britain on an MOE scholarship when he was convicted of possessing child pornography on his computer.

He was given a suspended six-month sentence last month.

In that same month, trainee teacher Aaron Kok Chun Cheong, also 23, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for having sex with two underage girls in 2007 and 2008.

Dr Ng said that MOE screens all candidates chosen for teaching positions and scholarships against police records, and makes checks with candidates' previous employers or schools, where relevant.

"So we have a fairly robust system, but our screening procedures obviously cannot weed out all unsuitable candidates.

"Moving forward, as we learn from isolated instances, MOE will tighten its selection processes," he said.

It would also assess how to better monitor the academic and non-academic progress of its teaching scholars,he added.

In response to MP Lee Bee Wah (Ang Mo Kio GRC), who asked whether the ministry would make it a requirement for schools to declare all records of misdemeanour, Dr Ng said that MOE would still want schools to be the better judge of what goes into a scholarship applicant's testimonial.

Wong was reported to have been caned as a 15-year-old for peeping at girls in primaryschool toilets, but the record for the punishment was omitted from his testimonials.

"I think it's better...for MOE to write to the school to ask them if there is anything in the course of his time in school that they think would not make him suitable as a teacher," Dr Ng said.

Tan Ruo Ming, who scored 7 A1s, travels every morning from JB to Pasir Ris Secondary for school.

WHILE other students were still in bed at 4.30am, Tan Ruo Ming was already up and getting ready for school.

The 17-year-old used to spend more than one hour travelling on public transport daily, from his home in Johor Baru to Tampines Street 21 in Singapore.

He did that five days a week, each time jostling with thousands of students and workers who braved traffic jams and the mad rush to cross the Causeway.

All that hassle proved to be worthwhile: Ruo Ming was yesterday named Pasir Ris Secondary School's top student in the O-level examinations, scoring seven A1s and one A2.

The trilingual student, who speaks English, Mandarin and Malay, even aced Chinese language - a subject he took up only in Secondary 1 when he started schooling in Singapore. He studied Malay throughout his primary-school years in Malaysia.

"Travelling to and fro every day was very tiring. Sometimes, it was pitch dark by the time I reached home," Ruo Ming told my paper. He was the vice-chairman of the school choir, and staying back for practices sometimes meant he could reach home only after 10pm.

That, however, did not faze him.

"I believe everything can be done, as long as you have the right mindset. I did not want to disappoint my parents and my principal, so I tried my best. I am very happy with my results," he said.

Ruo Ming nearly missed getting a place in a secondary school in Singapore, as he did not sit the Primary School Leaving Examination.

He was turned away by more than 10 schools when he first applied to study in Singapore. He managed to get a place at Pasir Ris Secondary and was "very grateful that my principal decided to take me in".

"I wanted to get good grades to prove that she was right to accept me into her school," said Ruo Ming, who is now a Singapore permanent resident.

He and his family moved to Singapore six months ago. His father works as a driver and his mother, as a storekeeper. His younger brother, 14, is also here and attends Pasir Ris Secondary, while his elder sister, 21, is doing a part-time degree in Malaysia.

Madam Audrey Yue, his former co-form teacher and the choir's teacher-in-charge, said Ruo Ming has "a fire within him that helps him overcome adversities".

She added that he stands out from his peers as someone with "a great sense of duty".

Describing him as someone who gets along with his peers and is a good role model, Mr Albert Neo, his other co-form teacher, said: "Ruo Ming is pleasant, mature and all of us can see that he is determined to succeed in things that he does."

Mr Neo, who also taught him mathematics, said he showed "a great inclination towards the sciences". Ruo Ming would like to study science at Victoria Junior College.

This year's overall top student is Chia Pei Yun from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School. She scored 10 A1s.

A total of 37,655 students took the exams last year and nearly all - 99.8 per cent - scored at least one O-level pass.

Those in the Normal (Academic) stream also did well. Of the 4,510 students who took one or more subjects in the O levels, 89.4 per cent obtained at least one O-level pass.



1. Anderson Secondary School

2. Ang Mo Kio Secondary School

3. Anglican High School

4. Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)

5. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

6. Bedok North Secondary School

7. Bishan Park Secondary School

8. Bukit Batok Secondary School

9. Bukit Panjang Govt. High School

10. Catholic High School

11. Cedar Girls' Secondary School

12. CHIJ Katong Convent

13. CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)

14. CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent

15. CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School

16. Chung Cheng High School (Main)

17. Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)

18. Commonwealth Secondary School

19. Crescent Girls' School

20. Damai Secondary School

21. Dunman Secondary School

22. Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

23. Gan Eng Seng School

24. Hai Sing Catholic School

25. Holy Innocents’ High School

26. Hua Yi Secondary School

27. Jurong Secondary School

28. Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School

29. Manjusri Secondary School

30. Maris Stella High School

31. Marsiling Secondary School

32. Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)

33. Montfort Secondary School

34. Nan Chiau High School

35. Nan Hua High School

36. Ngee Ann Secondary School

37. Pasir Ris Secondary School

38. Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)

39. Presbyterian High School

40. Riverside Secondary School

41. Singapore Chinese Girls' School

42. St. Andrew’s Secondary School

43. St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School

44. St. Joseph's Institution

45. St. Margaret's Secondary School

46. St. Patrick’s School

47. Swiss Cottage Secondary School

48. Tanjong Katong Girls' School

49. Tanjong Katong Secondary School

50. Temasek Secondary School

51. Unity Secondary School

52. Victoria School

53. Westwood Secondary School

54. Xinmin Secondary School

55. Zhonghua Secondary School

9 A1s chinese students in Singapore....

Teo Jing Ming/M Catholic High School
Choo Hui Ting Felicia / F Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
Julia Shan-Wen Fung / F Singapore Chinese Girls' School
Fan Zhaoxiang/ M Anglican High School
Choong Ming Zhe / M Bukit Panjang Govt. High School
Irwin Goh Hong Jin / M Bukit Panjang Govt. High School
Lua Jia Wei / M Catholic High School
Sun Liyang / M Catholic High School
Tan E Teng / M Catholic High School
Tan Toh Hong / M Catholic High School
Han Rui / F Cedar Girls' Secondary School
Wu Fangling / F Cedar Girls' Secondary School
Sarah Toh Kai Zhen / F CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
Tan Jo Joyce / F CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School
Tang May Shuen / F CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School
Li Changbo / M Chung Cheng High School (Main)
Gao Yi / F Crescent Girls' School
Low Xing Ying Alexandra / F Crescent Girls' School
Wei Lu / F Crescent Girls' School
Wei Qi / F Crescent Girls' School
Ying Jiani / F Crescent Girls' School
Zhang Yumeng / F Crescent Girls' School
Zhu Duoduo / F Crescent Girls' School
Zhu Yichen / F Crescent Girls' School
huo Ran / F Crescent Girls' School
Ng Zhan Ming / M Maris Stella High School
Lim Tao Ying Nicole/ F Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
Tan Zhi Ai Linette / F Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
Lu Angdi / F Nan Hua High School
Saw Le Yong / M St. Joseph's Institution
Wong Heng Chun / M St. Joseph's Institution
Shen Xiaojing / F Tanjong Katong Girls' School
Wang Ruijia / F Tanjong Katong Girls' School
Chia Si Hao Branzann / M Xinmin Secondary School

CHIJ St Nicholas girl tops O levels again

Chia Pei Yun from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School emerged as the top student in the 2010 GCE O-level examinations with 10 A1s. This is the second year running that a student from CHIJ St. Nicholas has topped the O levels.

The results were released at 2pm this afternoon.

And just like last year's top scorer from CHIJ St Nicholas, Pei Yun is not Singaporean but a Malaysian, reported the Shin Min Daily.

39 students scored at least 9 A1s this year; a total of 55 schools had students scoring 7 A1s or more.

Cresent Girls' Secondary School performed well this year, with 10 top scorers garnering 9 A1s.

98.9 per cent of a total of 37,655 school candidates who sat for the 2010 examinations were awarded their certificates, along with 88.7 per cent of a total of 3,926 private candidates.

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