All secondary schools which take in students through the Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme will have to emphasise the importance of personal qualities when selecting candidates under a review of the scheme. These qualities include character, resilience and leadership.
The setting up of specialised schools that recruit students who have failed the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) have lowered the student attrition rate, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said in Parliament on Friday.
The Government plans to increase the bursaries and raise income eligibility threshold for students studying in institutes of higher learning this year, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Friday.
The Ministry of Education will extend help for pupils with dyslexia to another 20 primary schools this year, bringing the total number of schools with the school-based dyslexia programme to 62.
Student care centres, which provide before- and after-school services such as homework supervision for pupils, are set to become a standard feature in primary schools.
Older workers may soon be able to work until they turn 67. The Government is looking into further raising the re-employment age from 65 by a further two years, said Senior Minister of State for Manpower Amy Khor on Friday.
The labour movement's progressive wage model may be made compulsory in the landscaping sector as well, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi said in Parliament on Friday.
A new procurement specialist track to professionalise the buying of goods and services for the public sector will be launched by September.
The Government's spending needs will increase over time, but that should not drive the investment strategies of GIC and Temasek Holdings or lead them to take on higher risks, Senior Minister of State for Finance Mrs Josephine Teo said on Friday.
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National Service stints may be shortened by a few weeks from the current two years, under a plan by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to hire more career soldiers to make NS training more effective.
How companies are faring
Restructuring Singapore’s economy and raising productivity have been a big challenge. The Straits Times looks at firms that are taking steps to transform their businesses, with varying degrees of success: