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To better support our students to access opportunities in schools, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be strengthening our partnership with parents and the community via the school-based student care centres, the school-based dyslexia remediation programme and collaborations with Parent Support Groups (PSGs).Partnerships with Student Care Centre (SCC) service providers
MOE will be working in partnership with SCC service providers to expand school-based SCCs to 40 more primary schools over the next two years, covering a total of 120 primary schools or close to two-thirds of all primary schools. The 40 additional school-based SCCs are expected to benefit another 2,500 students, on top of the existing 7,500 students enrolled today in school-based SCCs.
School-based SCCs provide an important support for students, especially those who could benefit from a structured and supportive environment in after school care, and particularly where parents are both working.
MOE will continue to support schools to strengthen the collaboration with SCC service providers, and to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of school-based SCCs. Please refer to Annex A for the list of schools with school-based SCCs as of 2014, and the schools with plans to set up school-based SCCs in 2014.Partnerships with parents to support School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR)
MOE has further expanded the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) programme to 20 more primary schools in 2014, to now cover a total of 62 primary schools or close to a third of all primary schools. Another 180 students are expected to benefit in the additional 20 primary schools. This is on top of the existing 810 students already supported in the existing 42 primary schools.
The SDR programme is a two-year intervention for Primary Three and Four students who are identified through a systematic screening process for dyslexia conducted at the end of Primary Two. As part of the SDR programme, materials were created to partner parents to enhance the support for their children with dyslexia. For example, schools engaged parents by updating parents regularly on their children’s learning progress using the progress monitoring booklet. Parents are encouraged to use the reading booklets provided for the school holidays to practise reading with their children and work on literacy activities to ensure continued support.
Interim findings from the two-year pilot in 2012 and 2013 showed that students who had participated in the SDR programme had improved in their reading and spelling skills. Their teachers observed that the students grew in confidence and were more positive towards learning. The involvement of parents also had a positive impact on the students’ achievements and attitudes towards the dyslexia remediation.
Please refer to Annex B for the list of schools providing the SDR programme.Partnerships with parents in Parent Support Groups (PSGs)
MOE will provide all schools with an annual top-up of their Parent Support Group (PSG) Fund of up to $2,500 per year, starting from 2014.
The PSG Fund aims to support schools in strengthening their parent engagement efforts, and to enhance the capacity of PSGs in supporting schools’ holistic development of their students.
Since its launch in 2012 as a seed funding, the Fund has enabled schools to better engage parents and promote parent-child bonding by organising activities such as parent education workshops, school parent-engagement projects, and community projects. Encouraged by these, we want to support more such efforts. Please refer to Annex C for sample of activities supported by PSG Fund.
The Government will significantly increase the bursaries and raise the income eligibility threshold from Academic Year (AY) 2014 for students studying in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)1,.
This enhanced support will benefit more students, reaching students in up to two-thirds of all Singaporean households, and bringing the total number of students eligible for government bursaries in IHLs to around 120,000 students per year. This will cost the Government up to $147 million more per year.
To provide more structured and sustainable support to students with special educational needs in our IHLs, there will be a Disability Support Office (DSO) in each publicly-funded university, polytechnic, ITE college and arts institution2, from this year. MOE will also set up a Special Education Needs (SEN) Fund to help ITE and polytechnic students with physical, hearing or visual impairment to better access a good post-secondary education. The universities and arts institutions are also committed to ensuring that the same support is provided to their students.
These enhancements are part of MOE’s resolve to support all Singaporeans to seize the opportunities offered in our IHLs.Enhanced IHL bursaries for students from the lower and middle income households Revision of Income Eligibility Thresholds for Bursaries
The income eligibility criteria for the government bursaries in IHLs will be revised upwards from AY2014. The income cut-off to qualify for these bursaries will be raised, in per capita income (PCI) terms, from $1,700 to $1,900 per month, thus broadening the pool of students who will qualify for the bursaries. Details of changes in the income criteria for each of the bursary tiers are provided in Table 1.ITE Students
The four tiers of bursaries for ITE students (two tiers under the CDC/CCC Bursary and two tiers under the MOE Bursary3, ) will remain. From AY2014, the bursary quanta for all tiers will be raised by between $90 and $200. The bursaries for ITE students from households with per capita income up to $950 will be significantly higher than their fees, helping them to also defray their living expenses.Diploma Students
For diploma students, those from households with per capita income of up to $950 will receive $200 more through the CDC/CCC Bursary, with the bursary quantum being raised to $2,000 per year. This revised quantum will cover about 80% of polytechnic diploma tuition fees. Students from households with per capita income between $951 and $1,400 will receive $150 more through the MOE Tier 1 Bursary, up from the current $1,350 to $1,500 per year. This will cover 60% of the tuition fees. Those from households with per capita income between $1,401 and $1,900 will get $300 more through the MOE Tier 2 Bursary, up from the current $450 to $750 per year, which will cover about 30% of the tuition fees.Undergraduates
For undergraduates, the Government will increase the CDC/CCC Bursary quantum by $700, up from the current $2,900 to $3,600 per year for students from households with per capita income of up to $950. This will generally cover about 45% of university tuition fees. Undergraduates from households with per capita income between $951 and $1,400 will receive $450 more through the MOE Tier 1 Bursary, up from the current $2,150 to $2,600 per year. This will generally cover about one-third of university tuition fees. Those from households with per capita income between $1,401 and $1,900 will get $500 more through the MOE Tier 2 Bursary, up from the current $800, to $1,300 per year. This will generally cover about 17% of university tuition fees.Summary
The enhancements to the IHL bursaries are summarised below:More structured special needs support in IHLs Disability Support Office
Each publicly-funded university, polytechnic, ITE college and arts institution will set up a Disability Support Office (DSO) on campus to provide one-stop support for students with SEN. All IHLs will also set up a disability support website to provide information on SEN support available.
The DSOs will work closely with MOE and Voluntary Welfare Organisations to enable students with SEN to receive support during their education in the IHLs. The DSO will coordinate training on SEN support for staff, and work with course managers to ensure that necessary adjustments are made for students with SEN to access lessons, tests and exams. The DSO will also administer requests for financial support from the new SEN Fund.SEN Fund
Each polytechnic and ITE college will be able to tap on the SEN Fund, to help Singapore Citizen students with physical or sensory-related impairments purchase assistive technology devices and supporting services such as signing interpretation and Braille printing. Each institution can use up to $5,000 per student with physical impairment to purchase assistive technology devices. Up to $25,000 will be made available for each student with visual or hearing impairments to procure assistive technology devices and supporting services.
Sufficient funding will be set aside to ensure that eligible students are adequately supported for their educational needs throughout their education in the polytechnics and ITE. Students will be able to use these devices both during their duration of study, which may include internships, and after graduation.
Our publicly-funded universities and arts institutions will provide the same support to their students with SEN.Footnote
- Applicable to students taking publicly-funded courses in education institutions such as the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), polytechnics, arts institutions, and universities. ↩
- The two arts institutions are the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts. ↩
- The CDC/CCC Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance to Singapore Citizen students from households with gross monthly household per capita income of up to $950. The MOE Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance to Singapore Citizen students from households with gross monthly household per capita income of up to $1,900.↩
Spreading across a range of genres, students expressed their creativity in the production of videos and animations that received recognition at the Schools Digital Media Awards (SDMA) 2014 presentation ceremony held on 6 March 2014.
Co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (School of Film and Media Studies), the SDMA affirmed the efforts by students and teachers from 211 schools across primary, secondary and pre-university levels. Of the 507 submissions received this year, 72 productions stood out (1 Platinum Award, 17 Gold Awards, 21 Silver Awards and 33 Merit Awards) and more than 300 students were given awards in the presentation ceremony graced by Ms Sharon Au, Senior Manager at MediaCorp.
Students were invited to express their creativity through different genres such as documentary, drama and advertisement on different themes. With the introduction of new themes such as “Contributing to My Family”, “My Community, My Nation and I” and “Old Is Gold”, students shared interesting stories about family dynamics. Other themes include: “School Days (Inspirational Teachers and Principals, and My Special Place in School)”, “Hear Me Out - Hope” and “Do You Know?”
Some 36 artwork pieces by more than 40 teacher-artists will be featured at this year’s art teachers’ exhibition which opens from 7 March to 19 March 2014, 12.00 to 8.00pm, at the School Of the Arts (SOTA) Art Gallery. The range of artworks includes paintings, photographs, videos, ceramics, mixed media assemblages and performance installations. Admission to the exhibition is free.
Titled “a-edge”, the annual exhibition now in its 3rd year celebrates arts educators who seek to hone their artistic and creative skills, and explore the cutting edge of arts practice and pedagogical research. Participating teacher-artists would share lesson ideas derived from their artworks with other art teachers, and build collaborative communities to transform classroom teaching.
The lesson ideas will be shared with gallery visitors via a QR code printed on exhibition wall labels. This mobile app feature enables other teachers to retrieve the lesson ideas in-situ and reflect on how art can connect everyday experience, social critique, and creative expression with student learning.
The exhibition is curated by Miss Daniela Beltrani, a performance artist and independent curator with vast experience working with practising artists and curating exhibitions. Sample images of the artworks can be found in Annex A and details of the exhibition can be found in Annex B.