SINGAPORE: Singapore’s first specialised school for Normal (Technical) stream students welcomed its first batch of students at its brand new campus on Thursday morning.
Crest Secondary School will provide a customised curriculum to equip them with both the GCE N Levels and ITE Skills Certificate.
It is the first of two specialised schools to become operational by January.
The specially—designed classrooms at the campus will let students apply what they learn to real—life situations, with lessons tailored to mimic real life.
For example, at a mock—up of a supermarket, students learn mathematics together with practical skills like providing good customer service and displaying merchandise properly.
Students will do basic vocational modules at the lower secondary level, before specialising in their ITE Skills Certificate course in upper secondary level.
Crest Secondary School hopes most of its students can go on to ITE.
They will also get industrial attachments to gain practical experience.
Principal Frederick Yeo said the school received over 300 applications for its 200 places.
Mr Yeo said: "From the conversations we had with both parents and students themselves, they like the kind of curriculum we offer, which is a blend of academic learning with vocational training to provide authentic learning experiences that is not so typical of a curriculum offered in mainstream schools.
"Of course, parents have the choice to enroll their child in a mainstream secondary school. The setup of Crest Secondary School is really one of the multiple pathways the MOE has provided to cater to different learning needs and interests."
Joyce Kane, a parent who was at the school with her daughter, said: "Mainstream (curriculum) is more academic. But here they have skills, and I think it’s more comfortable, it caters to her (daughter’s) skills and needs. And she’s dyslexic also, so I think she will be more comfortable starting from here."
Another parent, Shirley Ng, said: "I would think that through hands—on (learning), you remember the things you learnt, and it’s practical and feasible."
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