Singapore Education News April 2014

Singapore education minister shares 4 principles on ICT use in education
FutureGov Magazine
The Ministry of Education in Singapore is now preparing for the fourth Education Master Plan. According to Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, …
Despite criticisms, education system delivers, says PM Lee
TODAYonline
SINGAPORE — Although the education system here has often been criticised, it is essentially a good system that has delivered good results, said …
Oman, Singapore sign MoU for cooperation in education
Times of Oman
The Ministry of Education hopes through this MoU to cooperate in the future with the National Institute of Education in Singapore for teacher training, …
Teachers urged to innovate to bring out the best in students
Channel News Asia
SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has said that whether innovation in education is successful depends on whether a child is able to …
S’pore will raise quality of all schools: PM Lee
Channel News Asia
Be it special needs or neighbourhood schools, tertiary institutions or those for special talents — Singapore will raise the quality of every educational …
Huge response for UniSIM degrees in arts, sports and music education
TODAYonline
SINGAPORE — More than 250 applications have been received for SIM … music and sports education, surpassing the number of places available.
Masagos Zulkifli meets Omani ministers in Muscat
Channel News Asia
A statement from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said they … collaboration in education on teacher training and assessment systems.
Bridge students’ digital interests to school learning: Heng Swee Keat
Channel News Asia
Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat made this point on Wednesday as he … by the Ministry of Education and Academy of Principals, Singapore.
Universities need to offer ideas with ‘great impact’
TODAYonline
SINGAPORE — Senior Minister of State (Education and Law) Indranee Rajah yesterday threw down the gauntlet to Singapore universities to come up …
Jurong library sets up children’s corner to encourage early reading
TODAYonline
Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Education, Ms Sim Ann with her youngest child, at the Early Literacy …

What to do if your child is addicted to computer games

Just to share an interesting article on Computer Games addiction, a relevant article in today’s society. Like cigarettes, video games can cause rapid brain dopamine release. How Computer Games affects studies is twofold: Firstly, an hour spent playing computer games means an hour less devoted to studies. Secondly, the rapid dopamine release from computer games desensitises dopamine receptors in the brain, making everyday activities like studying and even eating less enjoyable. Personally, I have played games like DOTA, League of Legends, Warcraft, Maplestory in the past, hence I have experienced the addictive effects of computer games. An advice would be to replace the time playing computer games with other more healthy hobbies like exercise, reading, or even taking a nap would be better for the health.

Source: http://www.techaddiction.ca/children-addicted-to-computer-games.html

By Dr. Brent Conrad – Author of “How to Help Children Addicted to Video Games – A Guide for Parents” (instantly download today and get free email support)

Today, almost all children play video games in one form of another (91% to be exact in this particular study). These games are played on computers, game consoles, cell phones, and handheld devices. Everywhere you find children you will also find computer games, and the fascination with electronic entertainments are almost as popular with girls as compared to boys.

Although most parents would be quite happy if their child’s computer gaming was limited to educational programs, the reality is that the computer games children play are primarily for pure entertainment, not for education.

Read more at: http://www.techaddiction.ca/children-addicted-to-computer-games.html

Six top independent schools in Singapore, including Hwa Chong Institution, have had their funding cut

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/funding-cuts-top-independent-schools-spore-20140203

            Six top independent schools in Singapore, including Hwa Chong Institution, have had their funding cut and, along with other mission schools, have been told to moderate fund-raising activities for campus upgrading. — ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
By Sandra Davie Senior Education Correspondent

Six top independent schools in Singapore have had their funding cut and, along with other mission schools, have been told to moderate fund-raising activities for campus upgrading.

In addition, they will have to comply with a new directive urging all schools with air-conditioned classrooms to install fans and use air-conditioning only when necessary.

The six schools rank among the top in the Singapore education scene, comprising the Raffles secondary schools and its junior college, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

They all run both the Integrated Programme (IP) and Gifted Education Programme (GEP). The IP provides a seamless secondary and junior college education with students bypassing the O levels. The GEP caters to students in the top 1 to 2 per cent of their cohort.

Continue reading at: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/funding-cuts-top-independent-schools-spore-20140203