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Education in Singapore is managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE), which controls the development and administration of state schools receiving government funding, but also has an advisory and supervisory role in respect of private schools. For both private and state schools, there are variations in the extent of autonomy in their curriculum, scope of government aid and funding, tuition burden on the students, and admission policy. Education spending usually makes up about 20 percent of the annual national budget, which subsidises state education and government-assisted private education for Singaporean citizens and funds the Edusave programme, the costs for which are significantly higher for non-citizens. In 2000 the Compulsory Education Act codified compulsory education for children of primary school age (excepting those with disabilities), and made it a criminal offence for parents to fail to enroll their children in school and ensure their regular attendance. Exemptions are allowed for homeschooling or full-time religious institutions, but parents must apply for exemption from the Ministry of Education and meet a minimum benchmark. The main language of instruction in Singapore is English, which was officially designated the first language within the local education system in 1987. English is the first language learned by half the children by the time they reach preschool age and becomes the primary medium of instruction by the time they reach primary school. Although Malay, Mandarin and Tamil are also official languages, English is the language of instruction for nearly all subjects except the official Mother Tongue languages and the literatures of those languages; these are generally not taught in English, although there is provision for the use of English at the initial stages. Certain schools, such as secondary schools under the Special Assistance Plan (SAP), encourage a richer use of the mother tongue and may occasionally teach subjects in Mandarin Chinese. A few schools have been experimenting with curricula that integrates language subjects with mathematics and the sciences, using both English and a second language. Singapore's education system has been described as "world-leading" and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the Conservative former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove. Wikipedia
The Independent Singapore Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:52

“Presidential” advice for NDP Bird Boy? | The Independent

The precocious Henry Park Primary School Pupil who was celebrated by netizens for raising his middle finger at the camera during the National Day Parade on Wednesday has earned some advice from presidential hopeful Halimah Yacob, as well.
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Channel NewsAsia Fri, 08/11/2017 - 05:35

Parents, school counselled boy who made rude gesture during NDP coverage: School principal

The Henry Park Primary School student is said to be "deeply apologetic" for the incident which was caught on live TV.
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The Independent Singapore Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:27

NDP Bird Boy: Scolded by school, embraced by netizens | The Independent

One innocent-looking boy stole the show over the flashy fireworks, festivities and fanfare that a dedicated executive committee and countless volunteers put together as part of the highly anticipated NDP 2017 yesterday. And he did so by simply raising one middle finger.
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The New Paper Fri, 08/11/2017 - 01:57

Principal says pupil who made rude gesture on camera at NDP is apologetic

"The school and his parents have counselled him, and will ensure he learns from this incident..."
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TODAY Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:41

Boy in viral video making rude gesture at NDP is ‘deeply apologetic

SORRY: “The student regrets his action and is deeply apologetic. The school and his parents have counselled him, and he will ensure he learns from this incident.”
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Stomp Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:06

Henry Park student who pointed middle finger at NDP 'regrets action', counselled by school

"The student regrets his action and is deeply apologetic. The school and his parents have counselled him, and will ensure he learns from this incident." http://bit.ly/2vHIf0q
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