First students from School of Science and Technology to sit O levels this year

The first cohort of students from the School of Science and Technology, Singapore will sit the O levels this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, said at the official opening of the school's permanent campus at 1 Technology Drive in Clementi on Saturday that the successful establishment of the school "reflects the Ministry of Education's (MOE) broader commitment to help our students discover their strengths and talents".

"It came at a time when MOE was exploring how schools could develop talents through applied learning," said Mr Shanmugaratnam, who is also Finance Minister.

The school offers a four-year programme which focuses on science and technology, with special applied learning subjects that are examinable at 'O' Levels such as Biotechnology, Fundamentals of Electronics and Media Studies.

It is part of the Infocomm Development Authority and Education Ministry's Future Schools initiative, which uses information communication technology widely in its lessons to enhance learning and is the fourth specialised independent school after the Singapore Sports School, NUS High School of Maths & Science and School of the Arts,

The school accepted its first batch of secondary school students in 2010, and moved to its permanent campus, opposite Singapore Polytechnic in January last year.