Edusave Awards to be Extended to Polytechnics

Published Date: 09 January 2016 12:00 AM

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1. The number and reach of Edusave awards will be enhanced to better recognise both academic and non-academic excellence in polytechnics and ITE.

2. The existing Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) and Edusave Good Progress Award (GPA) will be extended to the polytechnics to recognise the hard work and progress made by students in their academic pursuits and provides additional support for students from more modest backgrounds.

3. MOE will also be introducing a new Edusave Skills Award (ESA) in the polytechnics and ITE in line with the national SkillsFuture movement . These changes will take effect from 2017 onwards.

Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) and Edusave Good Progress Award (GPA)

4. The existing Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) and Edusave Good Progress Award (GPA) will be extended to the polytechnics, and the criteria and quanta will be pegged to the corresponding Edusave awards in ITE. The extension of the EMB and GPA to polytechnics will benefit about 15,000 students every year.

Edusave Skills Award

5. The new Edusave Skills Award (ESA) for polytechnics and ITE seeks to recognise students who have demonstrated excellent application of course-specific skills as well as soft skills in the course of their studies. This will be based on their performance during their internships and Final Year Projects, or achievements at other platforms such as conferences and competitions.

6. Each institution may award the ESA to up to 10% of Singaporean students in the graduating cohort. The award amount will be pegged to that of other Edusave Awards in the polytechnics and ITE, i.e. $500.

7. The introduction of ESA to polytechnics and ITE will recognise about 3,500 students yearly.

8. In total, the extension of the EMB and GPA to polytechnics, and the introduction of ESA to polytechnics and ITE will cost up to $9 million annually.

9. Please refer to Annex A for an overview of the new Edusave awards for ITE and polytechnic students in 2017.

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