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Singapore Changes Education System to Remove Ranking, Exams Also Removed in Some Grade Levels

In a bid to show that learning is not a competition with other students, Singapore has changed its education system to remove ranking systems. Thus, there will no longer be top students in each class or year level. Moreover, exams have also been removed in some grade levels! Yay or nay?

According to the World Economic Forum, Singapore had long been known for its strict high-achiever educational system whereon students are required to go to school for longer hours (compared with other countries’ educational systems). This is geared toward better exam success.

But change has come to the country and by 2019, primary years 1 and 2 students will no longer take exams. While exams are removed, this does not mean that students no longer have to study but they will be doing so in a less competitive environment.

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For older primary as well as secondary students, there will be exams but grades are rounded up to the nearest whole number to put emphasis on academic success.

Singapore’s Education Minister Ong Ye Kung explained, “Learning is not a competition.”

In line with this, there will be a lot of changes that students and teachers have to adapt with. This includes discouraging comparison between students. Instead, each one is encouraged to concentrate on his/her own learning development.

As such, there will no longer be list of pupils finishing at the top or bottom of the class. Moreover, report cards will no longer indicate the student’s ranking. Meanwhile, school reports will not highlight failing grades or focus on pass/fail results at the end of the year.

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These changes in the educational system hopes to develop well-rounded individuals who are not just academically inclined but are also good in social interaction. The education minister also hopes that this would help develop decision-making skills and self-awareness in the students.

By 2023, Singapore will implement ‘applied learning’ programs to help students acquire real-world skills, not just for academic advancement but also for personal development.

Singapore is no longer comparing students to each other

Education is about progress, not exam results. Read more: https://wef.ch/2NAXqNz

Posted by World Economic Forum on Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Dialysis Patient Seeks Help after Husband Left Her for Nurse at Treatment Facility

A dialysis patient seeks the help of Raffy Tulfo in Action after her husband left her for a nurse at the treatment facility. What’s really sad is that the nurse had become her friend and she was actually the one who introduced the two!

Nurse Steals Patient’s Husband

Rica De Vera is a patient undergoing dialysis at the hospital where nurse Vera Mae Galang Barrameda used to work. Because Rica regularly goes to the hospital for her dialysis sessions, she befriended many of the nurses there, including Vera Mae.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

As friends, Rica often talks to Vera Mae about her husband who’s a seafarer. She feels happy that he supports them and had always been a good husband to her. On the other hand, Vera Mae shared that she’s annulled from her husband who was also a seaman because the latter had lots of women behind her back.

Knowing that Vera Mae had a bad experience with a cheating husband, Rica did not expect that she would actually steal her man! When Niko De Vera, Rica’s husband, was set to go home, Vera Mae requested Rica to ask whether he could her (the nurse) some bra. Niko didn’t mind.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

When Niko arrived in the Philippines, Rica introduced the two. She trusts her husband and Vera Mae is her friend. Since Niko was often the one to take her to the hospital for dialysis and treats her to a meal afterwards, she didn’t see nothing wrong in asking him to message Vera Mae for advice on medicines and food she needed as she was feeling weak.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

But she didn’t think the two would go and have a relationship behind her back. What’s worse, Niko left her and their kids for the nurse. Rica was able to get her kicked out from her job due to the relationship, but Niko supported the nurse so she could go to the US.

The poor patient had to seek help from Tulfo to find justice against her husband and her former nurse!

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What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is a medical procedure used for people whose kidneys could no longer take care of their needs. The procedure cleans the blood of toxins, excess water, and other things that would have been removed by healthy kidneys.

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Mayor Isko Donates Php8.8M Talent Fee to Give Gadgets for Online Learning to Poor Kids

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso decided to donate his talent fee worth Php8.8 million to buy gadgets that poor kids can use for online learning.

Together with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, he donated 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the city. Isn’t that fantastic?

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko Donates Talent Fee for Kids’ Gadgets

Last year, Mayor Isko donated the talent fee he received from many brands to the sick kids at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He went viral for the kind deed, but the kind mayor did not stop the donations from his talent fees.

Recently, the mayor of Manila joined hands with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna so they can donate 1,010 pieces of Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices to the students of Universidad de Manila who come from the “poorest of the poor” families.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Mayor Isko used up a total of Php8.8 million in talent fees from the following companies: Chooks to Go, Powerhouse Tools, I Am World Coffee, Fruitas, Cosmic Technologies Incorporated, and Better Option Pharmaceutical.

Growing up poor, Mayor Isko understands exactly what it feels to not have any money to buy the things that the kids need for school. So, he thought of helping out these children and their families by using his talent fees for a good cause.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

The tablets can be utilized by these poor students to attend their online classes now that the Department of Education (DepEd) makes use of blended learning to provide education to these young minds.

Mayor Isko’s kind deed earned praise from netizens, with many wishing that their mayors and other local officials would also help out to ease the burden off the parents’ shoulders.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is the type of learning delivery that makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one course. This could mean that there will be synchronous learning activities such as video conferencing to promote learning while also utilizing printed modules and various asynchronous activities.

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#ManilaBayChallenge Trends on Various Social Media Sites

The #ManilaBayChallenge trends on various social media sites, with netizens showing a lot of creativity as they shared hilarious pictures.

#ManilaBayChallenge Trends

Last week, netizens flooded social media with angry posts about the crushed dolomite rocks that were dumped along the shores of Manila Bay as part of the beautification project. Many think that the crushed dolomite, passed off as white sand, is not a good thing to put on that spot.

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But others disagreed, saying that the new look of the Manila Bay, whether due to crushed dolomite rocks or real white sand, is so much better than when it was covered with lots of trash.

On Sunday, authorities temporarily opened the portion with the white sand so people can admire its beauty. Soon, however, things got out of hand as thousands flocked to the spot to take photos, without thought of social distancing.

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Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, many were alarmed to see so many people taking photos of the white beach, with many not even wearing face masks. The SWAT had to be called in to make people follow the rules but it was clear that so many hard-headed folks had flocked to the spot.

Photos of the tightly packed crowd quickly went viral.

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But netizens soon found a hilarious way to use these photos as the #ManilaBayChallenge went viral. Using photos of the crowd, netizens jokingly added their own beach photos and claimed that these people were taking their photos. LOL.

The posts are quite creative, with many sharing some of their most beautiful beach pictures while others picked the funnies ones.

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Kalma lang guys, Ako lang to oh! 😄✌️🤫. Pki organize nlng po sa social distancing pwde naman po via share-it nlng ang iba 😂😂😂✌️✌️✌️🤪🤪🤪. #manilabaychallenge #DominateChallenge,” one joked.

What is the #ManilaBayChallenge?

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The #ManilaBayChallenge dares people to share their beach selfies in a photo collage with a photo of the crowd taking pictures of the ‘white beach’ at the Manila Bay.
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