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42 Secondary Schools Offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP)
42 secondary schools are offering the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP). This programme will provide learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in science, mathematics and technology to solve real-world problems. By 2017, half of the 124 mainstream secondary schools will offer the STEM ALP to our students.
The objective of STEM ALP is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they learn in the curriculum and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills. The skills and competencies include:
- Scientific inquiry and literacy;
- Reasoning and problem solving;
- Design thinking;
- Computational thinking; and
- Data analysis and the use of technology
In addition, the STEM ALP provides students an early exposure to STEM-related applied learning and careers and helps to ignite students’ interest to pursue STEM-related courses in Institutes of Higher Learning, and a career in the STEM-related industries.
To support schools in developing and implementing quality STEM ALPs, MOE has partnered STEM Inc., a newly-established unit under the Science Centre Singapore comprising about 50 personnel. Some of STEM Inc.’s personnel also have industry experience, and will work with schools to create meaningful and enriching learning opportunities for students. Through the partnership with STEM Inc., MOE supports schools in the following areas:
- identifying and developing the school’s programme;
- co-developing lessons, resources and materials;
- co-teaching lessons; and
- facilitating partnerships between schools and industry partners to offer students opportunities to better understand the STEM industries.
The list of 42 secondary schools offering the STEM ALP is in Annex A.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be appointing 52 Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony for Principals, which will be held on 30 December 2014. Of these, 20 are newly-appointed Principals. (Please refer to Annex A for the details.)
Principals are key to shaping and strengthening the culture and ethos of our schools. They lead and inspire teachers, and work with parents and the community to help students discover their strengths and pursue their passions.
The appointment is an important milestone for the 20 newly-appointed Principals as they assume major responsibilities as leaders in education. For the 32 serving Principals and HQ officers assuming new appointments, it is an affirmation of MOE’s confidence in them to continue guiding our teachers and our young. The systemic process of appointing and rotating of Principals allows schools the benefit of fresh perspectives and enables experienced Principals to share best practices in support of ‘Every School, a Good School’. It also gives the Principals the opportunity to take on new challenges as part of their career development.
Ms Ho Peng, Director-General of Education, will present the Letters of Appointment to the Principals at the Appointment and Appreciation Ceremony. The ceremony will also acknowledge the contributions of retiring Principals and Senior Education Officers from MOE HQ who had formerly served as Principals. Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, will grace the ceremony as Guest-of-Honour.