SINGAPORE - As of January 2015, male students in polytechnics, pre-university institutions and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will no longer have to be tested with pull-ups for their National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) test. Instead, they will now have to do push-ups.
The Straits Times reported that this change was initiated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Nov 6 so as to facilitate the use of the NAPFA test results for pre-National Service purposes, in line with recent modifications made to the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) as announced by the Ministry of Defence.
The new IPPT that will begin next year will only consist of three categories: the 2.4km run, sit-ups and push-ups, The Straits Times reported.
The NAPFA test currently comprises six items: Sit-up; pull-up for males and inclined pull-up for females; sit-and-reach; standing broad jump; shuttle run; and 2.4km run/walk. However, none of them will be changed for all students at the primary and secondary levels as well as for female students in polytechnics, pre-university institutions and ITE, according to Channel NewsAsia.
MOE added that students in the aforementioned group will continue with inclined pull-up and pull-up tests in order to train upper body muscular strength and endurance, Channel NewsAsia reported.