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Education

Tougher sanctions for students guilty of sexual misconduct, including one-year suspension and even expulsion: NUS review committee on sexual misconduct

A minimum suspension of one year and even expulsion for “severe offences” are among stiffer sanctions recommended by the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s review committee on sexual misconduct. Local media reported that the committee’s chairperson Kay Kuok announced the proposals via an e-mail circular to students and staff on Wed (15 May). The recommendations were made in the wake …

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2019 Direct School Admissions and ITE early admissions exercises commence

Students interested in applying for Direct School Admission (DSA) to Junior Colleges (JCs) for admission in 2020 may do so from May 2019, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Monday (13 May). It also stated that separately, applications for early admission to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnics based on course-specific aptitude and interests will start in …

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Educator Mark Rozells questions the idea of Singapore’s meritocracy as the Republic tops OECD PISA results but fares low in equity

The Singapore education system is not, at least statistically, the “grand social leveller” of the Republic’s society, contrary to what has been touted by many under the concept of meritocracy, observed Singaporean educator Mark Rozells. While Singapore is ahead of other member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in terms of academic achievement, he noted, in a …

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Academics Against Disinformation: Singapore’s proposed online falsehoods law may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia

Academics based in various universities have issued a joint statement to express their concerns over the proposed online falsehoods law on how it will have unintended detrimental consequences for scholars and research in Singapore, compromising its efforts to develop itself into an internationally-recognised hub for excellence in higher education and possible negative precedents, with knock-on effects on the global academy. …

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Start University on the right foot: Four things to consider after receiving your admissions letter

by ValueChampion Getting a university acceptance letter can be elating. It marks the beginning of a new chapter for these students. What should parents and students do once this accomplishment occurs? During this time of the year, students are receiving their university admissions and deciding which university they will attend in the coming academic year. It’s an exciting time given the …

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Singaporean parents are focused on preparing their children for the future, says new study by HP

On Thursday, Hewlett-Packard (HP) released its inaugural HP New Asian Learning Experience Study, a survey exploring how the personalities of Asian millennial parents impact the ways in which they define learning. The study revealed that Singapore parents are extremely focused on future-proofing their children – by preparing them for opportunities of the future workplace. “The study gives us insights on …

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PM Lee says students excel in studies can find good jobs but Minister Ong says degrees don’t earn us a living

Speaking at a gala dinner commemorating the 100th anniversary of Hwa Chong Institution yesterday (21 Mar), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it is still important for students to master the academic curriculum and strive to excel in their studies. “Our schools, our ITEs, polytechnics and universities maintain rigorous academic standards, and give students a solid grounding in their different …

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Resilience Campaign and Video aims to stop stigmatization of failure and people with disabilities

A recently released video by ‘Rebound with Resilience’ – a social campaign started by communications studies undergraduates from NTU – has generated some interest online.The 12 min long video started with students candidly sharing their thoughts on failure, to which a cast member said: “devastating…some say failure can be a wake-up call, but it’s easier said than done”. The surprise …

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Singapore can learn a thing or two from the Danish approach to education

We’ve all heard about the wonderful Scandinavian lifestyle – free and easy, relaxed, with a focus on community. Well, Singaporean mother Adrienne Goh who moved to Denmark in 2014 decided to share her experience of the Danish school system as experienced by her now 8-year old daughter. In an article on Sassy Mama SG, Adrienne said, “My daughter is 8 …

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