129 students, 17 school staff tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 3 months

school staff tested positive

Over the last 3 months, 129 students and 17 school staff have tested positive for COVID-19, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said in a Facebook post. This represents 0.03% of our total student population, from Primary to Pre-University levels. Mr Chan said he had received feedback from parents keen on transiting to Full Home-based Learning. […]

Over 2,200 to be swabbed after VJC student tested positive for COVID

VJC student tested positive for COVID-19

MOE announced in a press statement that a student from VJC tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, 7 May. This is the second case in a week of students who tested positive for COVID-19. It is currently an unlinked case. The student was last in school on Wednesday, 5 May. She developed Acute Respiratory Infection […]

Class size reduction: who wants to be a teacher?

class size in singapore

Everyone loves a small class. In Australia, the student-teacher ratios fell from 25-to-1 in 1964 to 14-to-1 in 2015. Most of the fall occurred in the 1960s and 1970s as unions and school reformers pushed for smaller classes. Did the fall in the student-teacher ratios in Australia schools lead to the expected improvement in students’ […]

Don’t import culture wars or allow issues of gender identity to divide our society: Lawrence Wong

Gender Identity

Speaking in Parliament on gender dysphoria, Education Minister Lawrence Wong reiterated that all medical treatment decisions, including the use of hormone replacement therapy, ultimately rest with medical professionals, the person with gender dysphoria and their family. “Such medical decisions are beyond the purview of MOE or any educational institution,” Mr Wong said. The Education Ministry’s […]

Addressing the issue of bullying in schools and our vulnerable young

Bullying in schools

The heart-wrenching story of a 13-year-old girl who overdosed on painkillers after being bullied in school brought bullying in school to the fore once again. There is a sense that her pleas have fallen on deaf ears and in that sense, the school has let her down. No case of bullying in school should be […]

School fees for citizens to remain unchanged with primary education free

School fees for Singapore citizens, permanent residents and international students from ASEAN will remain unchanged, the MOE said in a media release. However, there will be moderate adjustments to the school fees for non-ASEAN international students. Fees for them will go up by between $25 to $50 a month. The revised fees will take effect […]

The new PSLE scoring system and cut-off points for secondary school placement 2021

PSLE Primary School Leaving Examination

Come next year, the new PSLE scoring and school placement system will kick in. To help the first batch of students – the current P5 cohort – and parents familiarise themselves with the new scoring system, MOE has released the indicative Achievement Level (AL) Cut-Off Point (COP) ranges for different school types and the Subject-Based […]

Two special education schools to redevelop and co-locate to serve special needs students

Chaoyang School for special needs students

As part of  MOE‘s continuing efforts to support students with Special Educational Needs, two Special Education (SPED) schools serving students with mild intellectual disability (MID) will be redeveloped and co-located in Ang Mo Kio from 2025. The two schools are Chaoyang School and Tanglin School. Minister of State for Education, Ms Sun Xueling announced the […]

Big honour to be sole recipient of President’s Scholarship, says Alyssa Marie Loo

Alyssa Marie Loo school

The ruler by which our government measures recipients is highlighted intensely by the online community recently. The main complaint is the efficacy of grooming leaders through this system. Elitism One concern of this outcry is indeed valid; inculcating a culture of elitism. Long have we trumpeted the success of our education system. The 1990s and […]