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  • 2020 Primary One Registration Exercise (For Admission to Primary One in 2021): Updates & New Developments
    1. The registration of children for admission to Primary One (P1) classes in 2021 will open from Wednesday, 1 July 2020 to Friday, 30 October 2020. The dates for the different phases of registration can be found at: https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration/phases. 2. The list of primary schools and vacancies available will be… Read more »
  • Joint MOM-MOE-PSD Press Release on Support for local jobseekers through SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package
    26 May 2020 – Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat had announced the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package to support close to 100,000 jobseekers during his Ministerial Statement. This Package aims to expand job and traineeship opportunities in both the public and private sectors for jobseekers, and provide enhanced training… Read more »
  • Arrangements for Schools and Institutes of Higher Learning at the End of Circuit Breaker
    1. With the end of the Circuit Breaker (CB) period on 1 June 2020, we enter the phase of safe opening. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will progressively bring students back to schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) from 2 June 2020, in a careful and safe manner. MOE… Read more »
  • Start of 2020 Early Admissions Exercise for the Institute of Technical Education and Polytechnics
    The Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) for the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and all five polytechnics will open in May and June respectively. 2. EAE provides a pathway for graduating ITE, N-Level and O-Level students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission to ITE and the polytechnics. Beyond… Read more »
  • Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on MOE Instructors: Restructuring of Contracts to Provide Initial Payments Ahead of Work Done
    As part of MOE's precautionary measures for COVID-19, Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) and activities that involve mingling of students across schools have been suspended since Term 2. The prolonged suspension of these activities has affected the income of instructors who are paid based on services delivered. 2. To mitigate the impact… Read more »
  • Start of 2020 Direct School Admission Exercises
    The Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise for admission to secondary schools and junior colleges (JCs) in 2021 will open for applications on 12 May 2020. 2. DSA provides a pathway for students to gain direct entry to secondary schools or JCs based on their diverse talents and achievements, beyond their… Read more »
  • Launch of #IAmBilingualSG Call for Projects
    Invitation to public to submit digital resources to better engage children in Mother Tongue Languages To build on continuous efforts to promote the teaching and learning of our Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs), the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism (the "Fund") launched a #IAmBilingualSG Call for Projects to support the… Read more »
  • COVID-19 Adjustments to 2020 DSA-Sec
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Mr Darryl David, Ang Mo Kio GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education how will the period of home-based learning and school closures affect students applying to secondary schools under the Direct School Admission programme. Response 1. Despite the COVID-19 situation, the… Read more »
  • Support for students with SEN during full HBL
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Rahayu Mahzam, Jurong GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education (a) how are parents and caregivers of students in Special Education (SPED) schools and students with special educational needs (SEN) supported with home-based learning during the circuit breaker period; (b) whether… Read more »
  • Cybersecurity for school websites and online home-based learning
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Joan Pereira, Tanjong Pagar GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education what measures will be implemented to enhance cybersecurity for school websites and online home-based learning especially after the COVID-19 circuit period is over. Response 1. Our systems need to be… Read more »
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Forum Letter Replies
  • Supporting students in pursuing their interests and talents
    We refer to the recent forum letters on Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) selection trials in schools and thank the writers for sharing their thoughts and experiences. We fully agree that CCAs play a key role in the holistic development of our students. Through CCAs, we seek to provide students with the… Read more »
  • Sexuality education is kept current and in step with societal trends
    Ms Tanya Ragupathi (“Relook sexuality education in schools”, 6 March 2020) called for a review of sexuality education. Contrary to perception, schools do not just teach students about sexually transmitted infections, or the detrimental effects of pre-marital sex and teenage pregnancy. This is part of a much larger curriculum. Our… Read more »
  • Need for shift away from over-emphasis on academic results
    There has been some debate on the issue of tuition, as can be seen by the recent forum letters on this issue. As alluded to by Kenneth Lee (School teachers, tutors play complementary roles in education; Dec 12), the purpose of our education system and the intent of tuition are… Read more »
  • MTL exemption principles remain unchanged with new PSLE scoring
    We refer to recent forum letters on the issue of Mother Tongue Language (MTL) exemption. Students who are exempted from MTL will not have an MTL score reflected on their PSLE result slips. However, for the purpose of Secondary 1 posting together with other students who take four subjects, they… Read more »
  • Post-Secondary Education Account can be used for selected SkillsFuture courses since 2016
    We refer to Mr Kevin Tan’s letter, “Extend Post-Secondary Education Account use to more courses”, July 3. Before 2016, the use of PSEA was limited to full-time subsidised programmes offered by our public education institutions. In 2016, the Ministry of Education (MOE) expanded PSEA coverage to better support Singaporeans in… Read more »
  • MOE has processes for staff and students to report misconduct
    In response to Mr Dave Phua Peng Hwee's letter (Does MOE have whistle-blowing policy for sexual misconduct?, July 3), we would like to clarify that the Ministry of Education already has processes in place for staff and students to report wrongful practices or behaviour.   Our staff know that it… Read more »
  • MOE’s continuing efforts to improve teachers’ welfare
    We fully agree with Mr Ho Kong Loon ("Do more to reduce teachers' workload"; 27 June 2019) that the welfare of teachers must always be prioritised. The findings he refers to is from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2018, a self-reporting global survey from the perspective of teachers.… Read more »
  • Outdoor education develops students in ways classrooms can't
    Outdoor education develops students in ways classrooms can't (Tan Chen Kee, ST Forum, 25/2, pB9) We thank Mr Goh Chin Leng for sharing his concerns on expedition-based camps (Don't make school expedition camps compulsory, Feb 15). Outdoor education provides opportunities and benefits that cannot be replicated or achieved in the… Read more »
  • Medals award a move to recognise achievement
    We refer to recent articles and letters on the changes to the National School Games Junior Division competition (Trophy for coming in 8th?, Feb 14; and Are schools blunting excellence?, Feb 17). It is important to remember that these changes only affect nine-to 11-year-old pupils, not the entire student population.… Read more »
  • IP, DSA - about maximising every child's potential
    We thank the writers of recent letters commenting on the Integrated Programme (IP) and Direct School Admission (DSA) schemes (Our learning culture needs a reset,, by Mr Seah Yam Meng, Jan 2; Time to relook DSA scheme, by Madam Chong Sze Kah, Jan 2; Spread top students among more schools,… Read more »
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Parliamentary Replies
  • COVID-19 Adjustments to 2020 DSA-Sec
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Mr Darryl David, Ang Mo Kio GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education how will the period of home-based learning and school closures affect students applying to secondary schools under the Direct School Admission programme. Response 1. Despite the COVID-19 situation, the… Read more »
  • Support for students with SEN during full HBL
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Rahayu Mahzam, Jurong GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education (a) how are parents and caregivers of students in Special Education (SPED) schools and students with special educational needs (SEN) supported with home-based learning during the circuit breaker period; (b) whether… Read more »
  • Cybersecurity for school websites and online home-based learning
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Joan Pereira, Tanjong Pagar GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education what measures will be implemented to enhance cybersecurity for school websites and online home-based learning especially after the COVID-19 circuit period is over. Response 1. Our systems need to be… Read more »
  • Support for students returning to their schools during full HBL
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Rahayu Mahzam, Jurong GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education with regard to the implementation of home-based learning during the circuit breaker period (a) what is the total number of students returning to their schools during this period; (b) how do… Read more »
  • Postponement of graduation ceremonies for ITE, polytechnics and universities
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education whether the graduation ceremonies for ITE, polytechnics and universities will still be organised at a later date for the current batch of graduands should the COVID-19 situation improves and… Read more »
  • School Meals Programme and Access to Computer and Broadband During School Closure
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Assoc Prof Walter Theseira, Nominated Member of Parliament Question To ask Minister for Education (a) how many students currently benefit from the School Meals Programme; (b) whether equivalent financial assistance will be provided to students in lieu of the School Meals Programme subsidy… Read more »
  • Bullying Case in Mee Toh School
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Rahayu Mahzam, Jurong GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education (a) what is the outcome of the investigation into the alleged bullying case in Mee Toh School; and (b) whether there will be a review of the standard operating procedures in… Read more »
  • Lactation room in schools and educational institutions
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang, Nee Soon GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education (a) what percentage of (i) primary schools (ii) secondary schools and (iii) post-secondary educational institutions currently have at least one lactation room; and (b) whether the Ministry can… Read more »
  • Intercultural Attitudes of Students from SAP Schools
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang, Nee Soon GRC Question To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether the Ministry has conducted a study on students from Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools for their attitudes towards inclusivity and respect for people of different cultural… Read more »
  • P1 Registration
    Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament Ms Anthea Ong, Nominated Member of Parliament Question To ask the Minister for Education what steps are taken to avoid discrimination on the basis of descent in our primary school admission system which gives preference to children of alumni, given that Article 16(1)(a)… Read more »
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