SINGAPORE: There will be nine schools offering the Enhanced Art Programme (EAP) and four schools with Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) from 2016, the Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday (May 27).
Naval Base Secondary School, Orchid Park Secondary School and Siglap Secondary School will offer EAP from next year, while Jurong West Secondary School and New Town Secondary School will follow suit in 2017, the ministry said in its press release. They join the current four schools to offer the programme.
For EMP, Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School will offer the programme in 2016, while Yuhua Secondary School will do so in the following year - doubling the current number of schools, it added.
The two-year EAP and EMP provide an enriched learning environment for Secondary 3 and 4 students inclined towards art and music, respectively.
Beyond the O-level syllabus for Art or Music, students will benefit from exposure to the arts and creative industries in the form of masterclasses with artists and musicians, and studio sessions and visits by practitioners for authentic and relevant learning. They will also have opportunities to hold exhibitions and perform at concerts, MOE said.
"Our immediate plan would be to look at the possibility of a digital art element for our students, a digital art programme for our students," said Mr Sulaiman Mohamad Yusof, principal of Naval Base Secondary School.
"On top of that, this will also allow us to look into the possibility of career prospects and exposing our students to various career prospects. This will include fashion design, product design."
AEP, MEP CENTRES APPOINTED
Additionally, the ministry announced there will be one Art Elective Programme (AEP) centre and two Music Elective Programme (MEP) centres appointed from 2016.
There may be students with passion and talent for art or music who are not enrolled in the schools that host these programmes currently. To support them, the three centres will also accept students from other schools to participate in the programmes, it said.
National Junior College will function as an AEP centre, while Dunman High School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) will be the two MEP centres, MOE revealed.
Secondary 1 students in the Express course can apply to be external AEP or MEP students at these centres by applying through their secondary schools in January next year. Shortlisted students will have to attend a selection test, and those who are admitted will start their lessons from Term 2, 2016, the ministry said.
The secondary level AEP and MEP are four-year programmes. Students in the AEP or MEP will take Higher Art or Higher Music at O-Level.
"The Enhanced Art and Music Programmes, as well as the Art and Music Elective Programmes, will enable more students to further develop their passion and talent in art and music," said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.
"We have recently announced that talented students from any school can enrol in the Junior Sports Academy programme that will be sited in accessible facilities distributed around Singapore. Similarly, with more schools offering the art and music programmes, talented students do not have to travel as far to enrol in these programmes," he added.