18 Aug 2013 22:30
The scoring system for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will be overhauled, with the T-score being replaced by wider bands for grades similar to those used in the 'O' and 'A' Level examinations.
18 Aug 2013 22:25
A new volunteer youth corps will be set up to give young people more opportunities to work in the community.
18 Aug 2013 21:36
The government will make sure every Singaporean family who is working can afford a home, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally Speech on Sunday.
18 Aug 2013 23:11
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally Speech on Sunday, spoke at length about the need for a fundamental shift on how Singapore is governed.
18 Aug 2013 23:21
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking about admissions to top secondary schools has said that meritocracy must remain the fundamental organising principle, recognising people for their contributions and effort, not backgrounds or status or wealth or connections.
NATIONAL DAY RALLY
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his 2013 National Day Rally Speech that the community and the government must provide more support to individuals. He said the government will make three key shifts: strive to give every citizen a fair share in the nation’s success, strengthen social safety nets, and ensure that every child will have access to a good education. Mr Lee said these shifts will be applied progressively to all social policies.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singaporeans can use mostly CPF to pay their loans, which will allow them to pay off flats in 25 years instead of 30 years. He said the government will extend the existing Special Housing Grant to four-room flats. Middle-income households will also be able to qualify for the grant. New Step-Up Housing Grants will be introduced to help those upgrading from a two- to a three-room flat. Mr Lee also said middle-income households will get up to S$20,000 more if they purchase a four-room flat.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Medishield will be revamped to become MediShield Life, which will cover all Singaporeans for life, including those with pre-existing illnesses. Singaporeans will not be able to opt out of MediShield Life. Mr Lee also said the government will help to pay MediShield Life premiums for the pioneer generation so they will never need to worry about healthcare in old age.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recognised that it is important to keep paths upwards wide open to all Singaporeans in education. He said the government will contribute to Edusave accounts of every child of school-going age, including those in madrasahs, overseas students and home-schoolers. Mr Lee also said from 2014, every primary school will have at least 40 places for children with no prior connection to the school.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said PSLE will be scored differently with wider bands for grades; this change will take several years to implement. He said the Ministry of Education will broaden Direct School Admission categories to admit students with outstanding qualities such as character, resilience and leadership into secondary schools. Secondary one students in all streams will also be allowed to take a subject at a higher level if they have excelled in that subject in PSLE.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government will set up a volunteer youth corps to support Singaporean youths by providing resources such as: funding to start their own projects, allowances to take time off for full-time community service, and grants to continue serving the community after graduation.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared redevelopment plans for Singapore Changi Airport. He noted the replacement of the Budget Terminal with Terminal 4, and said that plans for a Terminal 5, which will double the capacity of Changi Airport, are underway. Mr Lee also said that a carpark outside Terminal 1 will be replaced with 'Project Jewel', which will expand the capacity of Terminal 1. He said that 'Jewel' will have shops, restaurants and an indoor garden.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government will build a new RSAF airbase and a fourth runway at Changi East. He said the Paya Lebar Air Base will be moved to Changi to free up land for homes, offices and factories. There are also plans to free up prime land in Tanjong Pagar and also a plan to build a brand new Southern Waterfront City. Mr Lee wraps up his rally speech by urging Singaporeans to work together to forge a new way forward, and to create a better future for all of us.
In his 2013 National Day Rally speech in Mandarin, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck will meet with different business representatives to seek out ways to support SMEs. He also said the government is aware that SMEs are facing a shortage of workers, but they need to control foreign worker numbers to avoid serious consequences.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government has introduced various schemes over the last few years to help lower income families deal with challenges and cope with stress. These include the GST Voucher, Workfare and Special Employment Credit. He also said the government will take special care of elderly Singaporeans by strengthening social safety nets and reducing their worries. Mr Lee concluded that Singaporeans can look forward to a better tomorrow because the government will do its utmost to help them.
Delivering his Malay speech in the 2013 National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that three new mosques will be built in Woodlands, Jurong West and Punggol in the next few years. He also said that 18,000 additional prayer spaces will be added by 2016. Mr Lee said he is confident that the Malay-Muslim community can continue upgrading themselves and make many contributions to Singapore’s society, economy and nation.
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