MOE promotes sports as it is an important platform for the holistic development of students.
All students participate in sports through their Physical Education (PE) lessons. In addition, one-third of them participate in sports Co-curricular Activities (CCAs) where they play sports recreationally or compete in inter-school competitions.
Because of its importance, Sports has been made available to every student through PE lessons. The 2014 PE Syllabus develops the fundamental movements and strength of primary school students, which allow them to participate in modified games. At the secondary level, they learn at least six physical activities and take part in at least three intra-school sports competitions, following the training received during PE lessons.
Beyond the PE curriculum, students have opportunities to participate in school inter-class games, sports day, and other mass participation sports events. Besides these, schools have also organised a variety of sports activities by tapping on the funding from the Sports Education Programme (SEP), introduced by MOE and Sport Singapore since 2007.
While schools strive to meet the diverse needs of their students, it is not possible to cater to every demand, given the constraints on the ground. In determining the enrolment for each CCA, schools will need to consider, amongst other factors, the availability of space, quality coaching, and overall support for the student athletes. Besides the range of offerings provided in schools, parents and students may consider the variety of sporting activities offered in the community, particularly those under Sport Singapore’s ActiveSG programme, where Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may register for membership and receive credits for entry to sports facilities, and access to learn-to-play programmes.
MOE will continue to support schools in providing sporting opportunities for students, and in the process, help imbue in them the value of active and healthy living.
Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) including sports CCAs, provide a natural platform for character development, whilst allowing students to pursue their talents and passion.
MOE does not set Key Performance Indicators for schools in CCAs. Schools had earlier been recognized for sustained performance in the aesthetics, uniformed groups, sports and academic domains, but these awards have since been removed to give more emphasis to best practices. In addition, with the revised co-curricular recognition system for students implemented from 2014’s Secondary One cohort onwards, students are recognized for their balanced development in the co-curriculum. Under this new framework, students can receive recognition for a range of activities beyond CCA and the school. There is no necessity for students to win in competitions to achieve good co-curricular records.
Sports CCAs enjoy a rich tradition in schools, and we have on average, about 50 schools competing in each sport under the National School Games (NSG). For popular sports like Badminton, Basketball, Football and Netball, the average number of participating schools rises even further to about 100. This shows that schools do offer CCAs even when they do not excel in it. Beyond the 29 NSG sports, schools have also offered alternative sports CCAs to their students, even where there are no inter-school competitions. To date, we have more than 60 sports CCAs offered across all schools.
While schools endeavour to provide a good range of CCA offerings, it is not possible to offer every sport that students are interested in. In addition to CCAs, all students participate in sporting activities within the Physical Education (PE) programme, and they may also pursue sports in the community, as part of Sport Singapore’s activities.
MOE will continue to support schools to ensure that students have access to sporting opportunities.
Speech by Ms Sim Ann at the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship for People With Disabilities Award Presentation Ceremony
It gives me great pleasure to join you this morning to celebrate the successes of some bright young individuals amongst us. I am very proud and inspired by their achievements and I am sure their loved ones are too.
Education is an important enabler and the Ministry of Education is committed to building a strong education system and providing an appropriate education to develop all our students. Students with physical disabilities are supported and have access to quality education, regardless of their physical challenges.
We have enhanced the support for students with disabilities in our institutes of higher learning (IHLs). A disability support office has been set up in each ITE college, polytechnic and publicly-funded university. In addition, MOE set up a Special Education Needs Fund to provide full subsidy to ITE and polytechnic students with physical or sensory impairment to purchase necessary education-related Assistive Technology devices and support services. The universities and arts institutions are also committed to ensuring that the same financial support is provided to their students.
I am heartened that SPD and the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation, or APB Foundation, share MOE’s vision and are committed to helping our students with disabilities develop their fullest potential on their education journey. SPD plays an important role in supporting students with disabilities and I am pleased to share that SPD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Management University earlier this year to develop and promote best practices for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our IHLs.
I am glad that the APB Foundation has chosen to partner SPD in establishing the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities. This is an excellent example of the corporate sector working together with a community organisation to create an even greater social impact. The impact of the scholarship goes far beyond the support that the recipients and their families receive, as the abilities and achievements of these recipients are an inspiration to others in the community.
It is inspiring to also learn that while these bright young scholars may come from diverse backgrounds, interests and experiences, they all share a strong desire to contribute back to the community. Alwyn, Dickson, Lewina and Lisa not only share the determination to do well academically, but are also constantly looking out for opportunities and ways to help others.
Alwyn is passionate about fostering greater understanding and awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities, and plans to start a recruitment agency to support their quest for gainful employment. Lisa, who has an impressive Grade 8 certification in piano and a Grade 3 certification in cello, hopes to inspire others with hearing impairments to also find joy and empowerment through music. I understand that she also volunteers at her church and at Meet-the-People sessions at Braddell Heights. Dickson, an avid programmer, is committed to improving the lives of others with vision impairment and hopes to create an invention that would help improve their lives. Last but not least, Lewina, who is no stranger to adversity, enjoys connecting with people and hopes to share her experiences to motivate others who are going through difficult circumstances. I am confident that she will indeed be an inspiration to others who are trying to overcome challenges with the right attitude and mindset.
Alwyn, Dickson, Lewina and Lisa - I am truly inspired by your compassion for others and determination to pursue your dreams. My heartiest congratulations to all of you for your remarkable achievements!
Congratulations also to the APB Foundation on the 10th anniversary of this meaningful scholarship programme. Over the last decade, 31 students have benefited from this scholarship, which has helped many youths pursue further education and achieve their dreams. I hope you will continue to lend your unwavering support for students with disabilities on their education journey.