Friday, 15 November 2019

PSLE results to be released on Nov 21, school posting on Dec 20

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results for 2019 will be released on Nov 21, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) said on Thursday.

Students may obtain their results from their respective primary schools from 11am, MOE and SEAB said in a press release.

Eligible students will receive option forms to select secondary schools when they collect their result slips or use the unique S1 Personal Identification Number (S1 PIN) on the form to submit their school options online from 11am next Thursday to 3pm on Nov 27 through MOE's website.

Students will get the secondary school posting results on Dec 20 via three channels:
  • Short Message Service (SMS) via a local mobile number;
  • From MOE's website; or
  • At the student's primary school.

Students are to report to the secondary schools they have been posted to on Dec 23 at 8.30am.

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Vitamin D is Key to Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Sunlight is one good source of vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is linked with poor muscle health in older adults, a new study finds.

Maintaining muscle health helps seniors maintain their independence, mobility and quality of life. It also lowers their risk of falls and frailty.

Researchers looked at more than 4,100 people, aged 60 and older, in England. About 4 in 10 with vitamin D deficiency had muscle weakness -- twice the level found among those who had adequate vitamin D levels.

The study also confirmed the benefits of exercise. Participants who got regular moderate physical activity were much less likely to have poor muscle strength and physical performance, according to the researchers at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.


One-stop mental health hub opens in Punggol

Teenagers and senior citizens facing mental health issues can now find help at a one-stop centre. Located on the first storey of a Housing Board block, the new Integrated Service Centre @ Punggol (ISC @ Punggol) by AMKFSC Community Services combines its support arms for the young, the elderly and those with mental health issues.

"With the increasing complexity of social challenges such as mental health issues and the ageing population, the integrated centre serves as a focal point to cater to and address these challenges," a spokesman for the group said.

President Halimah with staff and representatives from AMKFSC

President Halimah Yacob attended the official opening of ISC @ Punggol on Tuesday, during which an inter-generational art exhibition and performances co-created by youth and seniors were put up.