New policies in the new year

New policies in the new year
Chas card holder Tan Soon Chye (right), 52, getting a new pair of glasses from the People's Association. The Community Health Assist Scheme now covers the entire household.

EDUCATION

EXPRESS-LEVEL SUBJECTS FOR NORMAL STREAM STUDENTS

IN A pilot plan in 12 selected schools, Normal stream students who scored at least an A in a subject in the Primary School Leaving Examination will have the option of taking it at the Express level from Secondary 1.

Previously, only upper secondary students in the Normal stream were allowed to take subjects at a higher level.

Why? The move is to better cater to a student's strengths, said the Education Ministry, which hopes to give this option to students in all secondary schools by 2018.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION

THE Character and Citizenship Education curriculum will be rolled out on Thursday as primary and secondary schools open for the new year.

It brings together previous programmes such as civics and moral education, national edu- cation and community involvement.

Why? This is part of the fresh emphasis on character and values which Education Minister Heng Swee Keat introduced in 2011.

At that time, he said that a values-driven education would keep young Singaporeans grounded in moral resolve, confidence and self-awareness.

NEW MOE KINDERGARTENS

SCHOOL begins at five new kindergartens run by the Education Ministry.

These are the first of 15 kindergartens which the MOE will set up in Housing Board estates over three years.

Why? The centres will use the latest research in early childhood education to develop best practices, which can be shared with other pre-schools, in a bid to raise standards.

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