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Singapore Youth Leading Edge Of Technology

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 17, 2009

It’s no surprise. Singapore has always had the best when it comes to education. The fruits of this investment is showing more and more everyday with technological trends. New technology is prevalent in every school and teachers have made it a part of the education curriculum. Online resources for all, not only those exceeding expectation but also for those who are lagging behind.

Students test results show up in the projects they do and the examinations they write, the end result being a better individual prepared for the real world.

Take for example Damon Widjaja and Keith Ng. Both recent grads started their own company called Swoozh. Technology being the driving force of their ambition and a little social networking on Facebook. Their game called Fame has put their company on the map.

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Exam results drop, slightly

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 14, 2007

The Education Ministry’s latest report card for the ethnic groups showed Malay performance slipping slightly at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), and at the GCE O and A levels.

Chinese and Indian students showed improvement at the PSLE and O levels, but both groups also dropped in performance at the A levels.

The good news in the data released on Friday is that children of all races did well overall at all the major examinations.

In the PSLE, over 95 per cent passed. At the O levels, over 95 per cent obtained at least three O-level passes and over 80 per cent obtained at least five.

And at the A levels, over 90 per cent obtained at least two A levels and two AO levels.

Across the board, Chinese students kept up their record of performing best at all three levels, their results outstripping the national average.

Malay students shone in mother tongue, outperforming Chinese and Indians at all three exams as in previous years. (story)

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Minister proposes alumni should mentor students

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 5, 2007

Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam hopes to see more activities that will allow Singapore students to interact with their counterparts in the region.

Speaking at a student camp for over 180 students from Singapore and Malaysia on Wednesday, he stressed that this will help break down barriers between the young people who share a common future.

Foo Hui Chian, a Malaysian student said: “Even though we’ve just met each other for a few days, we’re like good friends, we’re staying in the same dorm, we get along very well.” (story)

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Singapore and Malaysia cooperate on education, officially

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 4, 2007

Malaysia and Singapore Tuesday formalised their cooperation in the education field after realising recently that their past collaborations were done without official stamp.

Malaysian Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he was shocked to discover that for many years education activities and exchanges between the two countries were conducted informally.

He was speaking at the opening of the Malaysia-Singapore Business Forum here prior to signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Educational Cooperation between the Education Ministries of Malaysia and Singapore at the forum venue.

His Singaporean counterpart who is also the Finance Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, inked the MoU on behalf of the Singapore Education Ministry.

Speaking to reporters later, Hishammuddin said he discovered the matter about six months ago but with the good understanding and his personal rapport with Tharman, and Singapore’s government sincerity, the memorandum with all the details was readied in a very short time.

Under the cooperation, both sides will, among others, carry out exchange programmes involving ministry officials, school principals and students from both sides, teaching of the English language and inculcating good values among the students which will go a long way towards constructing a platform for even healthier bilateral relations in the future. (story)

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Tharman becomes Finance minister

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 29, 2007

In a widely-anticipated promotion, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam becomes Finance Minister from Saturday. He retains his other heavyweight portfolio as Education Minister – for now.

He will hold this post until after the Budget Debate next year, ‘when he will relinquish the appointment and the Prime Minister will make consequential changes to other Cabinet appointments’, said a statement from the PM’s Office on Thursday evening.

The brief three-paragraph statement left unanswered the question of just who will take over at Education.

After six years at the Finance Ministry’s helm, PM Lee Hsien Loong will step aside for Mr Tharman, who became Second Finance Minister in May last year. (story)

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