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Singapore Youth Festival: Why Mollycoddle Them?

Read my first post (here). This was intended as a writing exercise, but I thought I’d just publish it. The Ministry of Education’s move to reduce pressures faced by schools in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) competition is a largely cosmetic one. These half-hearted changes are likely to please nobody. Take the “new” awards for … Continue reading

Singapore Youth Festival: So, What Exactly Has Changed?

At first glance, this move appears to be in line with the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) intent to minimise competitive sentiments with the performing arts in school, as it did in 2005 when it replaced two-tiered assessments with a single-tiered benchmarking exercise; however, upon closer inspection this time round, what exactly are the changes? These sentiments were articulated on cyberspace, and the concerns were not unfounded. Continue reading