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

Jurong West Secondary vice-principal takes issue with ‘every school is a good school’ ideal

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/jurong-west-secondary-vice-principal-takes-issue-with-%E2%80%98every-school-is-a-good-school–ideal-103224519.html

By | Yahoo Newsroom 

Jurong West Secondary vice-principal takes issue with ‘every school is a good school’ ideal. (Screengrab of Google Maps)

“How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so are parents going to buy (it).”

Those were the exact words of Jurong West Secondary School (JWSS) vice-principal Pushparani Nadarajah, who was responding to speakers and teachers’ discussions of making every school a good one at the inaugural AsiaEducationExpo (AEX) 2013, according to a report by The Straits Times.

During the first panel discussion, which was attended by about 200 participants, several educators expressed hope that parents would recognise the efforts of all schools to bring out the best in students.

The neighbourhood school’s vice principal’s startling remark drew applause from those who attended the event.

A 37-year-old mother, who has a primary-school-going child and another  child attending pre-school, who did not want to be named, told Yahoo Singapore she agrees with the vice-principal’s comments.

“Look at the ministers, most of them are from good schools, like SJI and Hwa Chong,” she said.

Continue reading at http://sg.news.yahoo.com/jurong-west-secondary-vice-principal-takes-issue-with-%E2%80%98every-school-is-a-good-school–ideal-103224519.html

JC Cut Off Points

JC Cut Off Points (COP)

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  1. RJC Cut Off Points: Arts 3, Science 3
  2. HCI Cut Off Points: Arts 3, Science 3
  3. VJC Cut Off Points: Arts 5, Science 4
  4. NJC Cut Off Points: Arts 5, Science 5
  5. ACS(I) Cut Off Points: Science 5
  6. ACJC Cut Off Points: Arts 7, Science 6
  7. TJC Cut Off Points: Arts 7, Science 6
  8. AJC Cut Off Points: Arts 10, Science 8
  9. MJC Cut Off Points: Arts 9, Science 9
  10. NYJC Cut Off Points: Arts 9, Science 9
  11. SAJC Cut Off Points: Arts 9, Science 9
  12. CJC Cut Off Points: Arts 10, Science 10
  13. SRJC Cut Off Points: Arts 13, Science 13
  14. TPJC Cut Off Points: Arts 13, Science 14
  15. JJC Cut Off Points: Arts 13, Science 16
  16. PJC Cut Off Points: Arts 16, Science 16
  17. YJC Cut Off Points: Arts 20, Science 20
  18. IJC Cut Off Points: Arts 20, Science 20

L1R5 aggregate scores/ Cut Off Points (with bonus points) of students admitted to JCs in the 2012 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).

Junior College

Arts

Science/IB

Anderson JC

10

8

Anglo-Chinese JC

7

6

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

5

Catholic JC

10

10

Hwa Chong Institution

3

3

Innova JC

20

20

Jurong JC

13

16

Meridian JC

9

9

Nanyang JC

9

9

National JC

5

5

Pioneer JC

16

16

Raffles Institution

3

3

Serangoon JC

13

13

St. Andrew’s JC

9

9

St. Joseph Institution

Tampines JC

13

14

Temasek JC

7

6

Victoria JC

5

4

Yishun JC

20

20

Source: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae/files/jae-info.pdf

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JC Cut Off Points (Bonus Points)

For students seeking admission to JC/Poly/ITE and with the following CCA grades:a. Grades of A1 – A2 (2 points)b. Grades of B3 – C6 (1 point)
For students seeking admission to JC/MI courses and with grades of A1 to C6 in both their first languages (i.e. English and a Higher Mother Tongue). This is provided that these choices come before any Poly/ITE choices.(2 points)
For students seeking admission to JC/MI courses and with grades of A1 to C6 in Malay/Chinese (Special Programme) (MSP/CSP) or Bahasa Indonesia (BI) as their third language. This is provided that these choices come before any Poly/ITE choices.(2 points)
For students from feeder schools if they choose their affiliated Junior College course(s) as their:a. 1st choice, or b. 1st and 2nd choices. (2 points)

The bonus points can be deducted from their total points, and will be helpful to enter the JC (depending on the JC’s Cut Off Points). Theoretical Minimum Score is 0 points (if under CLEP or MLEP programme), otherwise minimum score is 2 points.

Academic grading in Singapore: How many marks to get A in Maths for PSLE, O Levels, A Levels

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_grading_in_Singapore

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Primary 5 to 6 standard stream

  • A*: 91% and above
  • A: 75% to 90%
  • B: 60% to 74%
  • C: 50% to 59%
  • D: 35% to 49%
  • E: 20% to 34%
  • U: Below 20%

Overall grade (Secondary schools)

  • A1: 75% and above
  • A2: 70% to 74%
  • B3: 65% to 69%
  • B4: 60% to 64%
  • C5: 55% to 59%
  • C6: 50% to 54%
  • D7: 45% to 49%
  • E8: 40% to 44%
  • F9: Below 40%

The GPA table for Raffles Girls’ School and Raffles Institution (Secondary) is as below:

Grade Percentage Grade point
A+ 80-100 4.0
A 70-79 3.6
B+ 65-69 3.2
B 60-64 2.8
C+ 55-59 2.4
C 50-54 2.0
D 45-49 1.6
E 40-44 1.2
F <40 0.8

The GPA table differs from school to school, with schools like Dunman High School excluding the grades “C+” and “B+”(meaning grades 50-59 is counted a C, vice-versa) However, in other secondary schools like Hwa Chong Institution and Victoria School, there is also a system called MSG (mean subject grade) which is similar to GPA that is used.

Grade Percentage Grade point
A1 75-100 1
A2 70-74 2
B3 65-69 3
B4 60-64 4
C5 55-59 5
C6 50-54 6
D7 45-49 7
E8 40-44 8
F9 <40 9

The mean subject grade is calculated by adding the points together, then divided by the number of subjects. For example, if a student got A1 for math and B3 for English, his MSG would be (1+3)/2 = 2.

O levels grades

  • A1: 75% and above
  • A2: 70% to 74%
  • B3: 65% to 69%
  • B4: 60% to 64%
  • C5: 55% to 59%
  • C6: 50% to 54%
  • D7: 45% to 49%
  • E8: 40% to 44%
  • F9: Below 40%

The results also depends on the bell curve.

Junior college level (GCE A and AO levels)

  • A: 70% and above
  • B: 60% to 69%
  • C: 55% to 59%
  • D: 50% to 54%
  • E: 45% to 49% (passing grade)
  • S: 40% to 44% (denotes standard is at AO level only), grade N in the British A Levels.
  • U: Below 39%