SINGAPORE - From next year, the National Physical Fitness Award (Napfa) will be conducted for students on alternate years, instead of annually.
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Here is the full statement from the Ministry of Education:
Holistic Assessment to Support New PE Syllabus
A new Holistic Assessment in Physical Education (PE) will be introduced to all schools in 2016 to support the new PE syllabus that will see students engaging in a wider range of physical activities and sports.
Students' participation level in PE, attainment in different physical activities, demonstration of values and attitudes during PE lessons, as well as reporting on their self-directed physical activities with their families and friends will be captured as part of the holistic report for PE.
Physical fitness will continue to be emphasised and be reported as a valued outcome of PE, together with attainment in the areas of sports and games, outdoor education and other physical activities such as dance, gymnastics and swimming.
Instead of annually, the National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) will be conducted for students at Primary 4 and 6, Secondary 2 and 4/5, and at JC2/MI 3. This will allow schools to conduct a wider range of physical activities during PE lessons.
NAPFA grades will be reflected in raw scores and performance bands instead of alphabetical grades to better describe the student's performance level for each aspect of fitness.
The current 6 grades of NAPFA (i.e. A, B, C, D, E and F) will be organised into the performance bands of: "Outstanding Performance" (current Grade A), "Very Good Performance" (current Grade B), "Good Performance" (current Grade C & D), "Satisfactory Performance" (current Grade E) and "Needs improvement" (current Grade F).
The new Holistic Assessment will help students develop within themselves a holistic perspective of both fitness and enjoyment of PE and sports. Students' fitness and health will also be more sustainable when parents and families participate and play an active role in encouraging their children to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.