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Thumbs Up (Chinese: 大拇指) is a Chinese newspaper published in Singapore for school children. It was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 15 January 2000. Most primary schools in Singapore subscribe to the newspaper for their Chinese students, to improve their Chinese language skills.
The newspaper reports both international and local news. It has a section with mock examination questions to help students prepare for examinations. The newspaper also promotes arts education by featuring art pieces selected by local artistic guides. Tan Swie Hian, a well known local artist, was the first artistic guide for the newspaper. The newspaper also organises arts workshops and competitions annually. The arts education sections of the paper is supported and endorsed by the National Arts Council Singapore.
The newspaper also has a section for fun and games, which features Chinese comics contributed by readers, as well as a weekly cartoon story on the mascot of the paper.
The newspaper is published once a week by Singapore Press Holdings.
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The Integrated Programme (IP) is a scheme that allows high-performing students in secondary schools in Singapore to skip the GCE Ordinary Level (O-level) examination and proceed to sit for the GCE Advanced Level (A-level) examination, International Baccalaureate (IB), or an equivalent examination, after six years of secondary education. The A-level examination is typically taken by students at the end of their second or third year in junior college.
Nanyang Sin-Chew Lianhe Zaobao, commonly abbreviated as Lianhe Zaobao, is the largest Singaporean Chinese-language newspaper with a daily circulation of about 200,000. Published by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), it was formed on 16 March 1983 as a result of a merger between Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Jit Poh, two of Singapore's oldest Chinese newspapers.
Raffles Institution (RI), founded in 1823, is the oldest school in Singapore. It is an independent institution, providing secondary education for boys aged 13–16 through a boys-only Year 1-4 section and pre-university education for students aged 17–18 through a coeducational Year 5-6 section.
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Zhonghua Secondary School (ZHSS) is an autonomous secondary school in Serangoon, located in Singapore. Founded in 1911 as Chung Hwa Girls' High School. The school retained its Chinese heritage despite transforming into an English-medium government school in 1990.
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School(PLMGS) is an all-girls' school, consisting of two sections – the Primary School and Secondary School, located in Hougang, Singapore. Running on a single-session, the school caters to students from Primary 1 to 6 and Secondary 1 to 4/5 in the Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical streams in Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary).
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