7 Problems in Singapore That Piss Us Off

Is Singapore still a good place to live and work in? That is the question many Singaporeans have been asking ourselves. Here are 7 problems we’re pissed off about, and surely got more, but let’s start with these first. 1. Do we have enough money to retire? With financial commitments and dependents that even those […]

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Preschool Education Should Not Be Just About Kids But Educators Too…

There was much focus on Singapore’s Preschool Education sector in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally last night (20 August 2017). (Photo credit: Straits Times) From the need for a proper foundation for all Singaporeans to raising the standing of teachers and carers. It is good that we do more to help build […]

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Are we overloading our teachers in Singapore?

The Straits Times published an article some days back about the increase in the number of Physical Education (PE), Arts and Music teachers in Singapore in the past 5 years. But that said, another report last year showed that about 5,000 teachers left the force in the past 5 years. While it’s the attrition rate […]

How important is the Mandarin Language to Singaporean Youths?

WHAT HAPPENED? A video showing Singaporean youths speaking Mandarin (or something that is supposedly Mandarin) was posted online. The video basically shows us how bad the Mandarin standard is amongst youths in Singapore despite them scoring fairly decent grades at their Chinese GCE O Level exams. guilty as charged To make these youths feel a little […]

CHANGES TO THE PSLE SCORING SYSTEM – SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT?

In what was deemed “the biggest revamp” to the PSLE scoring system that has been around for 5 decades, the “T-score” will now be replaced by eight Achievement Levels (AL) starting from 2021. This move was aimed at reducing “excessive competition to chase that last point” by removing the bell curve, where students were graded […]

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5 Ways Singaporeans Can Benefit From Brexit

While the rest of the world is in panic, here are 5 ways you can leverage on Brexit. 1. Study in UK Check out the top UK university rankings here. With UK degrees still being highly sought after, Brexit’s impact on the British pound just made your overseas education cheaper. Employability rank University World University […]

OVERHEARD on Facebook

OVERHEARD on Facebook: A heartfelt note was published on Facebook. It’s the voice of one man, but somehow, it powerfully encapsulated something we have discussed at length about, but yet to be able to put into words, and action…   Here is what he wrote. “I’m not one to write about such issues here but when […]

School Fees Raised for Non-Singaporeans

Singapore’s Ministry of Education has revised their school fees for non-Singaporean students. MOE announced the changes in a press release as part of it’s “periodic review of school fees” and to “further differentiate fees by citizenship”. Fees will be increased by $20 – $60 for PRs and more than double that for International students $20 […]

Why does the MOE spend $350m on foreign students?

There are online questions asking why the Ministry of education spends $350 million a year on foreign students in Singapore’s education system. Is it true the government cares only about foreigners, and ignore the welfare of Singaporeans? The MOE’s operating budget MOE’s budget for 2014 is $11 billion. This is for the sole purpose of […]

Singapore education reform on the horizon

This year’s NDR goodies should give parents, teachers, and students a reason to rejoice! But is this really the case? Let’s unpack and see what we have here: 1. Including home-schoolers, madrasah and overseas students in Edusave coverage (previously only for those studying in MOE-recognised local institutions).  It’s great that the government is starting to […]