National Junior College students gets observatory with state-of-the-art telescope

Students at National Junior College (NJC) can now have hands-on astronomy lessons with the official opening of the school's roof top observatory which boasts a $70,000 state-of-the-art telescope.

From this year onwards, students will also be able to opt for research electives such as astrophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology.

These classes will be conducted in a classroom next to the observatory, which has a roll-off roof.

NJC is the first government school to have an observatory on its grounds.

The school also launched its six-year Art Elective Programme (AEP) at an event on Saturday, which was graced by labour chief Lim Swee Say, who was a student of NJC from 1971 to 1972.

The new move would allow students in its integrated programme to join the AEP when they enter the school in secondary one, instead of at secondary three.