25 Mar '11, 3pm

New S'pore citizens to go through mandatory programme

New S'pore citizens to go through mandatory programme

SINGAPORE: All new Singapore citizens must go through a three-component mandatory programme known as "The Singapore Citizenship Journey" - which must be completed in two months - before they get their pink IC. The programme includes a lesson at Parliament House on governance and the rule of the law, as well as a tour to the URA Centre and National Museum. A second component is a meeting with grassroots leaders and new citizens who have settled in. Participants will also have to go through a mandatory online course called the e-journey. It comprises five sections, covering Singapore's history, national symbols, and key policies such as national service. After going through each section, participants will then have to take a quiz. The quiz is not meant as a test, but a way for new citizens to get to know the country better. The issue of a citizenship test has cropped up over...

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