About The Big Quiz

On Mondays, for 12 weeks from April 2 to Aug 6, this paper's journalists will address burning questions in the Opinion section, offering unique Singaporean perspectives on complex issues.

The primers are part of the outreach of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz, or The Big Quiz, which aims to promote an understanding of local and global issues among pre-university students.

The primers will broach contemporary issues, such as energy security and sustainability in food and water. They also include nurturing young talent in the arts, and an examination of how big data and analytics will affect the way people live and work in the future.

Each primer topic will give a local perspective to help students draw links back to the issues' implications for Singaporeans.

For the first time, The Big Quiz will go online, allowing all pre-university students to take part in the current affairs competition over three online quiz rounds on April 30, May 21 and Aug 6.

The online quizzes are based on the primer topics that preceded each round, and will be available for two weeks from the start date of each quiz.

The nationwide event is jointly organised by The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education, with Singapore Press Holdings Foundation as its presenting sponsor.

Students may attempt The Big Quiz Online at http://str.sg/oGUN