122 Students Received Special Awards for their Achievements

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A total of 122 students received this year’s Special Awards from Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, at the 2014 Special Awards Presentation Ceremony today.

The annual Special Awards recognise students’ achievements in both the academic and non-academic spheres. There are nine categories of Awards, consisting of the Prime Minister’s Book Prize, the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science, the Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence, the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement, the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding Bicultural Students, the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students, the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading, the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Special Achievement, and the Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Book Prize.

The Prime Minister’s Book Prize (PMBP)

The Prime Minister’s Book Prize, established in 1974, is an annual award for bilingualism given at the Primary, Secondary and Pre-University levels. This year, 34 students received the Prime Minister’s Book Prize - 12 in the Primary section, 16 in the Secondary section and six in the Pre-University section. The names of the awardees are in Annex A.

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding Bicultural Students (LHL-OBS)

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding Bicultural Students (LHL-OBS) is an award set up in 2009 to recognise the top students in the Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) [BSP(C)] and the top student in the Regional Studies Programme (RSP). The award underpins the importance of developing a group of students conversant in Chinese or Malay, and able to relate to Asia andthe world. This year, three students from the BSP(C) and one student from the RSP received the LHL-OBS. This is the first year in which the award is presented to the most outstanding RSP student.

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science (LKY-M & S)

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science was introduced in 1992. The awards are given under three categories - Secondary, Pre-University and Polytechnic. 39 students received the award this year - 14 in the secondary category, 10 in the Pre-University category and 15 in the Polytechnic category. The names of the awardees are in Annex C.

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students (LKY-ONC Award)

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students was presented for the first time in 2004. This year, five awards were presented to top Normal (Academic) course students and five awards were given to the top Normal (Technical) students, based on their GCE ‘O’ level and ‘N’ level examination results respectively. The names of the awardees are in Annex D.

The Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Book Prize (SHOAS Book Prize)

The Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Book Prize was made possible by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who donated the honorarium he had received from the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation in February 2009. This award was presented for the first time in 2009 and aims to recognise the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP Award) recipients who have achieved the most outstanding academic results at ITE. This year, six students received the award. The names of the awardees are in Annex E.

The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP Award)

The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP Award) was presented for the first time in 2001. This award was made possible by Mr Lee Kuan Yew who donated the proceeds from the sales of autographed editions of Volume Two of his memoirs to the Ministry of Education in October 2000. The scholarship is to encourage upgrading and life-long learning. Selection for this award is based on merit. The award is presented to Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic graduates who have performed outstandingly both academically and in co-curricular activities. This year, 15 LKY-STEP awards were presented to ITE graduates pursuing full-time studies at the polytechnics, and 10 LKY-STEP awards were presented to polytechnic graduates pursuing full-time undergraduate studies at the local universities. The names of the awardees are in Annex F.

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence (LKY-ARE)

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence is a national-level award for achievement in education that was presented since 2005. It recognises well-rounded students who have excelled in both academic and non-academic spheres, and who exemplify positive character development, strong leadership qualities and commitment to service to the community. The award is presented at the end of the Secondary education.

The award is part of the overall framework of Lee Kuan Yew awards, made possible through the interest proceeds from the principal fund of the Lee Kuan Yew Donation account of the Education Fund.

This year, eight students were presented the Award. The names of the awardees are in Annex G.

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement (LHL-OAA)

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement (LHL-OAA) is funded by an endowment donated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2009. The award is to recognise the outstanding academic and non-academic achievements of post-secondary students, particularly those who have made outstanding contributions to the community and demonstrated the spirit of innovation and enterprise. There are four awards to be given out each year, with one student from each of the following four groups - Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Polytechnics, Junior Colleges/ Millennia Institute and Autonomous Universities. The names of the awardees are in Annex H.

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Special Achievement (LHL-ASA)

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Special Achievement (LHL-ASA) is funded by an endowment donated by Prime Minister Lee. The LHL ASA was presented for the first time in 2009, and is given to one outstanding student each from NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School, who has done well and progressed to ITE. The award recognises students who have exemplified positive character development and a positive attitude towards learning and self-improvement. The recipients must have also shown strong leadership qualities and commitment to serve the community. The names of the awardees are in Annex I.

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