Giving study tips and helping friends through tough, stressful times both in school and outside of it, while maintaining high academic standards, Pei Zhen personifies the ideal Edusave Character Award (ECHA) recipient.
Marsiling Secondary School student, Soon Pei Zhen, is one of a new breed of students who excel not only in their studies but also look beyond themselves to help others in need. Giving study tips and helping friends through stressful times both in school and outside of it, while maintaining her own high academic standards, Pei Zhen well deserves the Edusave Character Award (ECHA). The award is given out to recognise students for demonstrating exemplary character and outstanding personal qualities through their behaviour and actions.
"I have always set high standards for my academic performance and was looking forward to attaining an Edusave Scholarship. But I was definitely surprised and honoured to have the support of my teachers and peers as the Edusave Character Award is not easy to achieve", Pei Zhen said of her thrilling experience.
Pei Zhen was among the 1,200 students who received the Edusave Awards at Marsiling Secondary School on 29 December 2012. The Edusave Awards are given annually to Singaporean students who perform well academically or in non-academic domains. This year, MOE introduced the new Edusave Character Award, doubled the number of Edusave Awards for Achievement, Good Leadership and Service (EAGLES) and increased the Edusave Merit Bursary household income limit from $4,000 to $5,000.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for Education Hawazi Daipi encouraged students to continue to excel academically and develop the right attitude and values.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for Education Hawazi Daipi encouraged students to continue to excel academically and develop the right attitude and values. With the introduction of ECHA, SPS Hawazi said that a values-driven education is on par with academic excellence, and that MOE recognises the importance of acknowledging students who have demonstrated good attitude and values.
Another prime example of a student who possesses the values which SPS Hawazi spoke about is Anderson Secondary student Yeo Jun Wei. The Secondary One student was voted by his peers and teachers for the ECHA as a recognition of his helpfulness towards his peers. Having already received the Edusave Merit Bursary, Jun Wei was delighted to receive the ECHA at the same ceremony. Jun Wei's mother, who was present at the ceremony, was pleased that her son received the Edusave Character Award and felt that "education was not merely about academic excellence, but also about character traits and values."
Yeo Jun Wei, 13, received the Edusave Character Award and Edusave Merit Bursary at Marsiling Secondary School held on 29 Dec 2012. He was recognised for his helpfulness towards his peers.
Presented to students by Grassroots Advisers, the ceremonies will continue onto February 2013 and will be attended by over 150,000 students and their parents.
As to what Pei Zhen will do with the monetary incentive she had received, the shy young lady quipped that she had promised to share half of the amount with her parents, while the other half will be saved for a rainy day or for her future educational needs.