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Primary school teacher caught forging student’s answers

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 5, 2008

A primary school teacher was charged on Tuesday with eight counts of forging Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) Tamil language answer scripts of three students last October.Shanti Krishnasamy, 39, is accused of forging the pupils’ answer scripts intending to deceive the markers of the PSLE Tamil papers into believing that they were given by the students.

The alleged offences took place at a school in the northern part of Singapore on Oct 5 last year.

She was apparently invigilating the examination when the alleged offences took place. (story)

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Pakistan gunmen release children hostages, surrender

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 28, 2008

Gunmen who took up to 250 Pakistani school children hostage in a northwestern town on Monday freed them all and surrendered to tribal elders, a government spokesman said.”All the children have been released and the criminals have surrendered to the jirga,” said interior ministry spokesman Javel Iqbal Cheema. A jirga is a council of tribal elders. Cheema said none of the children were hurt.

Violence has spread across Pakistan in recent months, seeping out of remote tribal regions that are sanctuaries for al Qaeda and Taliban militants and into cities and towns, raising fears about the stability of the nuclear-armed U.S. ally. (story)

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Bus fares going up to $10

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 11, 2007

School bus fares will go up by at least $5 to $10 in January, sparked by the increase in diesel prices in recent months. The Singapore School Transport Association chairman Wong Ann Lin said the last time fares were raised was in January last year.

The association is an industry body that represents 90 per cent of school bus operators here. It has about 1,000 members and a fleet of 2,000 buses.

Mr Wong said a survey commissioned by the association two years ago showed that the average annual gross income of the operators was $20,802 in 2005 – less than their average expenditure of $30,590.

He said the expected fare hike will still not be able to cover the rising costs faced by the operators. (story)

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Education institute makes bid for University status

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 3, 2007

The local branch of an Australian school has launched a bid to become the newest member of Singapore’s fraternity of foreign universities. JCU Singapore, the 1,100-student strong offshoot of James Cook University, wants to apply to become an institute of higher learning. The designation would allow the Singapore campus to call itself a university – it’s currently barred from doing so – and place it on par with schools like University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the S. P. Jain Center of Management.

‘It seems like an anomaly,’ said JCU vice chancellor Sandra Harding.

‘The Singapore campus… is run like the main campus, the degrees offered here are the same as in the campus in Australia and the same standards are applied.’

Professor Harding and chancellor John Grey are in Singapore to meet with education authorities. (story)

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Madrasah to raise academic standards

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 26, 2007

Three of the six full-time madrasahs in Singapore have opted for a revamp in 2009, in a move to raise academic standards and be more efficient.

The three Islamic religious schools will focus on areas where they have an edge and not provide comprehensive education at both primary and secondary levels.

Instead, one will concentrate only on primary education while the other two will have only secondary classes.

Announcing the changes yesterday, Minister in charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said it will result in better use of limited resources which, in turn, will benefit students.

The students will be offered more options in their secondary education as they can choose to specialise in religious studies, academic subjects, or a blend of both, said Dr Yaacob when he broke the news to about 400 people, including community leaders, attending a Hari Raya dinner at the Istana.

The three madrasahs affected are Al-Irsyad, Aljunied and Al-Arabiah. They will work with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) to implement the changes.

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