Education

20% of childcare centres in Singapore to increase full-day fees starting next year

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) revealed that one in five childcare centres in Singapore will be increasing their fees for full-day programmes in 2020. It explained that 330 childcare centres will be raising their full-day fees for Singapore citizens from next year. The median hike is “within 5 per cent of fees” and “broadly comparable” to years before this, …

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Yale-NUS president affirms commitment to academic freedom within legal boundaries, following cancellation of programme on dissent and resistance

While Yale-NUS College remains keen on upholding academic freedom, the institution remains steadfast in doing so within legal boundaries, in light of the cancellation of a programme aimed at introducing its students to dissent and resistance in Singapore. College President Tan Tai Yong told TODAY yesterday (17 Sep) that while dissent and resistance are “legitimate objects of study and investigation …

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Yale-NUS College’s cancellation of programme on dissent “of serious concern”: Yale President

The decision of Yale-NUS College to cancel an upcoming programme on dissent and resistance in Singapore is concerning, said Yale University President Peter Salovey. In a statement on Sat (14 Sep), Salovey said: “When I learned of this impending decision, I expressed my concern to the president of the National University of Singapore and the president of Yale-NUS.” “In founding …

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Yale-NUS cancels primer to ‘dissent and resistance in Singapore’ by playwright Alfian Sa’at

The Yale-National University of Singapore College of Liberal Arts (Yale-NUS College) has reportedly cancelled an upcoming programme titled ‘Dissent and Resistance in Singapore’, set to be led by renowned local playwright Alfian Sa’at at the end of this month. The Straits Times today (14 Sep) noted that the cancellation of the programme already took place earlier this week. The programme, …

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MP Indranee Rajah: The upcoming PSLE scoring system will produce similar outcomes for pupils exempted from taking mother tongue languages

Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah said on Monday (2 September) that students who are exempted from taking mother tongue languages (MTLs) in the new Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system will generate similar outcomes as the current T-score system when it comes to secondary school choices and admission. Mentioning this in Parliament, the Minister said that those who …

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Kaspersky partners with Temasek Polytechnic to offer technical cybersecurity courses to more Singaporeans

Earlier this week, Kaspersky signed a three-year agreement with Temasek Polytechnic (TP) to provide cybersecurity courses for corporate practitioners and members of the public in Singapore. The training collaboration agreement was signed on Monday (26 Aug) by Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific (APAC) at Kaspersky, and John Leong, Director of the Temasek SkillsFuture Academy. Under this partnership, Kaspersky …

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Confusion between Summary Writing (Preci’s) and Paraphrasing in secondary schools and junior colleges

by Ganesamoorthy Subramaniam Traditionally, the term used for teaching Summary Writing Skills in schools and junior colleges the world over has been the term ‘Preci’s‘ that literally means ‘Precision’, ie “to say in fewer than one-third of the words what’s intended by the author of the passage.” It’s ironical that in recent years, our schools and junior colleges have been …

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Man claims foreign students are given easier university entrance exams compared to local students – But is it the case?

A man named Joshua Loke posted on the Facebook page of United Singaporean alleging People’s Action Party (PAP) for favouring foreign students by giving them easier exam papers compared to the locals for the University Entrance Examinations (UEE). “So the PAPPIE Daniel Ng told me to look up the sample admission paper used to admit foreigners into our local universities. …

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