SINGAPORE: By 2023, all primary schools in Singapore will have an Applied Learning Programme (ALP), Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng announced in Parliament on Monday (Mar 5). Speaking during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate, Mr Ng said the Education Ministry (MOE) will also support schools with ALPs to further enhance and strengthen their capabilities and programmes. “This is an investment worth making to nurture innovation and creativity,” he said. “And importantly, prepare our children for the future.” Since 2017, more than 80 primary schools of the 191 in Singapore have an ALP. ALPs are programmes designed by schools to help students apply their learning to the real world. Mr Ng said schools have been encouraged to develop ALPs since 2013, and currently, all secondary schools have such a programme. “It is a diverse, colourful and exciting landscape, catering to a wide range of interests: STEM, languages, humanities, business, entrepreneurship, ... » Learn More about All primary schools to set up Applied Learning Programmes by 2023: Ng Chee Meng
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SINGAPORE: There isn’t a conversation going around these days that doesn't touch on the subject of COVID-19 – and the virus spreading to dozens of countries around the world. People are in fear, rightly so. People are worried for their own safety and their loved ones. Healthcare workers and policymakers are figuring out the best ways to contain the virus while the public does what it can. Non-profit and grassroots organisations come together offering assistance. Grab recently piloted a programme that provides round-the-clock rides to healthcare workers, a show of camaraderie on the part of drivers in this trying time for Singapore. In my recent Grab rides, drivers are offering the use of hand sanitisers for free, even though one driver told me he paid a fortune for a bottle. HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN HELP WITH EARLY WARNING AND DETECTION A larger question that some people have pondered is whether a technology solution could have detected and prevented a ... » Learn More about Commentary: Disruptive tech is coming for COVID-19 threat, but needs more funding
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes when it comes to the role of managers in businesses. Image: Unsplash via AFP Relaxnews. Whether it’s managing workers remotely, rallying teams while lending an attentive ear to each individual, or juggling time spent in the office and time working remotely, COVID-19 has reshuffled the cards when it comes to the role of managers working in businesses worldwide. What if, in the coming year, lessons learned in the pandemic were taken onboard to make way for a more horizontal approach to management, drawing on the idea of permaculture in the workplace? Welcome to Episode 5 of ETX Studio’s “After Calendar” of incoming trends for 2021. “Before, managing was about motivating teams and moving forward together to achieve results. Today, you have to manage fragility. It’s new emotional territory in the workplace. At any time, you know that your troops can crack. And you yourself are shaken up by the context, the uncertainty. So ... » Learn More about 2021: The year of ‘perma-management’?
SINGAPORE: Even as he called this year’s Budget a forward-looking one that anchors Singapore firmly in the future, Low Thia Khiang of the Workers' Party took issue with the Government's announcement of a hike in the good and services tax (GST), saying it was an “unnecessary distraction”. His comment evoked a response from Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng, who called it “baffling”. Mr Low had earlier spoken at length about how the Government has accurately identified the major shifts of the global economic weight to Asia as well as the emergence of new technologies. He said at the heart of this shift is China, and that Singapore has to “make itself useful” in global capitalism as it did with the rise of the West 50 years ago. He said while Singapore has to find ways of transforming its economy and human capital, and emphasised the learning of Mandarin to help connect the two countries, it is also worth bearing in mind that Singapore is first and foremost a ... » Learn More about Low Thia Khiang and Ng Chee Meng exchange words over timing of GST hike announcement
SINGAPORE - To help households cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic , all Singaporeans aged 21 and above will now receive a one-off payout of $600, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (April 6), as the Government enhanced the payout for a second time in as many months. In February, the Government had announced payouts of between $100 and $300 for every adult Singaporean. In March, this was tripled to between $300 and $900 , with payouts due to be distributed from August to September. On Monday, Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, announced that $300 of that payment has been brought forward to April and supplemented with a further $300 to form what will be called the Solidarity Payment. Mr Heng said the additional payments announced on Monday will cost the Government an additional $1.1 billion. The rest of the payments will also be brought forward to June. All adult Singaporeans will thus receive $600 in April, with those who qualify for the ... » Learn More about All adult Singaporeans to receive one-off $600 Solidarity Payment in April to cope with Covid-19
While you are slowly moving down that long list of K-dramas to watch — we're talking about those 11 new serials releasing in February and March — the folks at Netflix Korea are already cranking up their churning machine with even more of their own slate of original Korean dramas and films. At a virtual presentation held in South Korea yesterday (Feb 25), three new movies and 10 new dramas were announced. Here's a quick look at what you'll be getting. Night in Paradise Night in Paradise, staring Um Tae-goo, Jeon Yeo-been, and Cha Seoung-won, is a film about a man targeted by a criminal gang and a woman cornered to a dead end in life. It was the only Korean film to be screened out of competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and earned critical acclaim early on. It's scheduled to be released on Netflix on April 9. Carter This action blockbuster depicts the suspenseful adventure of Agent Carter, who wakes up at a motel with his memory entirely wiped out and ... » Learn More about Sneak peek at all the Netflix original Korean dramas and films coming up in 2021 and after
There's a common refrain among people who've been marooned in their homes this year, trying to manage their jobs and their children's distance learning, always fighting the losing battle against the dishes, the laundry, the dog hair, the grocery list. "I cannot wait to get back to the office," they say. But people don't really want to get back to the office. They want to get out of their apartments, their houses, their parents' houses. They want their children back in school and also out of the house. They want to see people's faces again, and have conversations with people who are closer than 2m from them. But that doesn't mean they actually want to be back in the office - at least not the way the office was before. Many companies are preparing to bring employees back in the spring or summer, depending on how fast the Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out. Picture it: At first, the office will feel like the first day of school, senior year - everything's familiar and all your old ... » Learn More about Are you sure you want to go back to the office?
In the February 2021 BTO launch, there were three BTOs released in prime Bidadari town—Bartley GreenRise, ParkEdge @ Bidadari and Alkaff Breeze. If you have been selected to pick a unit there, here is what you need to know. Overview of Bartley GreenRise, ParkEdge @ Bidadari and Alkaff Breeze Alkaff Breeze Bartley GreenRise ParkEdge @ Bidadari Location Along Upper Aljunied Road Along Bidadari Park Drive, next to Maris Stella High School Along Bartley Walk, site of the former Mount Vernon Columbarium Total no. of units 353 387 476 Type of units 4- and 5-room flats 3- and 4-room flats 4- and 5-room flats No. of blocks 3 3 5 Block heights 14 to 16 storeys 11 to 17 storeys 6 to 14 storeys Highlights Across the road from Alkaff Lake in Bidadari Park. Short walking distance to Woodleigh MRT. Located near the future Woodleigh Mall Very short walking distance to Bartley MRT station Sitting next to Bidadari Park, with some ... » Learn More about February 2021 BTO unit analysis: Bartley GreenRise, ParkEdge @ Bidadari and Alkaff Breeze
The term “unicorn”, used to describe start-ups worth more than US$1 billion (S$1.3 billion), had not even been coined in 2009, when Stanford MBA graduate Forrest Li began working on his new gaming company with nearly a dozen employees – all cramped in a tiny shophouse in Singapore’s central business district. Garena, his fledgling gaming company, kept a low-key profile, though its almost immediate success meant investment rounds and expansion plans came thick and fast. Soon Garena outgrew its small outfit on Maxwell Road, then a move to a two-storey penthouse office beckoned. A decade on, Garena is now one limb of the gargantuan Sea Group. With a market capitalisation of an eye-watering US$137 billion, Sea is bigger than Singapore’s biggest bank DBS, employs 3,000 people in the island republic – its global headquarters – and has operations from China to Japan and Latin America. Its arrival as not just a unicorn, but as one of Southeast Asia’s pre-eminent technology companies ... » Learn More about Why the rise of Singapore’s tech giant Sea is making waves in Southeast Asia
Vico Sotto Vico Sotto—the millennial mayor of Pasig City who has earned praise for advocating transparency in governance and taking immediate steps in the pandemic response—is among the seven The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) honorees for 2020. TOYM Class of 2020 also includes Multisys founder David Almirol, 40, (honoree for science technology and engineering); educator Edgar Elago, 35, (community development/education); Angkas cofounder George Royeca, 38, (business entrepreneurship in pioneering industries); World Bank senior disaster risk management specialist Lesley Jeanne Cordero, 40, (political and social sciences); National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila director and Telehealth Center director Raymond Francis Sarmiento, 38, (medicine); and Army Capt. Ron Villarosa Jr., 33, (community development/military service). Sotto, 31, the honoree for government service, has been credited with changing many outdated policies and seen as leading a new ... » Learn More about TOYM 2020: Pinoy millennials at their finest