The accolade that will be awarded is called the Leed Hsien Loong Award for Innovations, in the normal course. It was announced on 22nd September by the Ministry of Education that the Ministry will recognize the effort of 23 schools. These schools were striving to give all round development to their students.
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The Schools That Are On The Top
The schools that are leading from the front from are Bukit Batok Secondary School, Si Ling Secondary School, and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School.
The Exceptional Achievement
The MOE stated that these schools were setting rave examples in innovation techniques for learning for children and the management was taking an active part in ensuring that each and every child was lifted and encouraged to grow.
The Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Course
Since these schools were striving to ensure all round development of each and every child, the results were visible in the exceptional results of these courses. In other words these courses were the guiding force for these schools, in order to guide their children.
The Yio Chu Kang Secondary School
An excellent example of this change in the education system, which was yielding good fruit, was the Yio Chu Kang Secondary School. They have incorporated drama, dance and robotics classes in their curriculum. The students from the normal stream were benefitting from this introduction.
The Key Objectives
Principal Janice Heng has stated that the objective behind these courses was to raise the level of the students, and offer them a perspective that was way beyond a basic cognitive and educational base.
Breaking Away From Convention
The Ministry of education has high hopes to bring about a change from the grass root level, in the otherwise very convention based teaching system of Singapore.
By introducing these courses the ministry is hoping to bring about a change in the way students look at education as a whole. They are hoping that children will now develop a hobby and change their lifestyle. Some of them could also carry the hobby further to the Post Secondary education level.
The Gang Eng Seng School
Is another great example of how a simple change created healthy ripples in the education system. They introduced a simple change of allowing the English lessons to be held at the lab two times in a week. By doing so the children were exposed to infocomm technology and after a short period of time better results and a sparked interest was witnessed.
The rest of the schools will be given accolades in five categories. They would be Character and Citizenship Education, Teaching and Learning, Student All-Round Development, Staff Well-Being and Development, and Partnership.