Press Releases

August 16, 2012

116 Received Special Awards

One hundred and sixteen (116) awardees received this year’s Special Awards from Mr Lawrence Wong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, at the 2012 Special Awards Presentation Ceremony today.

The Special Awards are given out annually in recognition of 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, 32 students are awarded the Prime Minister’s Book Prize—10 in the Primary section, 14 in the Secondary section and 8 in the Pre-University section. The names of the awardees are at Annex A.

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science (LKY Maths & Science Award)

The Lee Kuan Yew Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science was instituted in 1992. The awards are given under three categories—Secondary, Pre-University and Polytechnic. There are 40 recipients this year—15 in the secondary category, 10 in the Pre-University category and 15 in the Polytechnic category. The names of the awardees are at Annex B.

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

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.

This 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.

Eight students were presented with this Award. The names of the awardees are at Annex C.

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—Junior Colleges/Millennia Institute, Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Polytechnics, and Autonomous Universities. The names of the awardees are at Annex D.

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

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding Bicultural Students (LHLA-OBS) is an award set up in 2009 to recognise the top two students in the Bicultural Special Programme (Chinese) [BSP(C)] and the top student in the Regional Studies Programme (RSP). The award underpins the strategic importance of developing a core group of students who are conversant in Chinese/Malay, and are able to engage our Asian neighbours as well as relate to the world. The award to the top two students in the BSP(C) will be presented this year. The names of the awardees are at Annex E. The award to the top RSP student will be presented in 2014, as the first batch of RSP students will sit for their A-levels in 2013.

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, four awards are presented to top Normal (Academic) course students and five awards are given to the top Normal (Technical) students, based on their ‘N’ level examination results. The names of the awardees are at Annex F.

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, then Senior Minister, 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 outstanding Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic graduates who have performed well academically and attained good co-curricular activity records. This year, 15 LKY-STEP awards are presented to ITE graduates pursuing full-time studies at the polytechnics, and 10 LKY-STEP awards are presented to polytechnic graduates pursuing full-time undergraduate studies at the local universities. The names of the awardees are at Annex G.

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 at Annex H.

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 for delivering the inaugural Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Memorial Lecture in Brunei 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. A total of up to six awards are given out each year. This year, there are six recipients of this award. The names of the awardees are at Annex I.