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National Chinese Challenge 2015 opens for registration

Singapore, 20 March 2015 --- National Chinese Challenge, the national Chinese language quiz, is back for the second year. 

It is jointly organised by Lianhe Zaobao and Nanyang Girls' High School, and co-presented by Business China, Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, Tee Yih Jia Group, Promote Mandarin Council and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation.

Registration is now open for students from local secondary schools. The objective of the quiz is to promote Chinese culture and cultivate the interest in learning Chinese amongst students through a fun competition. 

Last year, a total of 760 Secondary 3 and 4 students took part in the inaugural competition.  The Challenge will test participants’ knowledge and application of Chinese translation, proverbs and idioms through pictures, pronunciation, literature, current affairs and general knowledge.

Participating for the first time this year is Presbyterian High School. They will be sending seven student representatives to compete in the quiz. Among them, Secondary Three student Ong Xin Ming expressed confidence in doing well in the competition. 

Xin Ming said: "I want to prove my ability in Chinese through the competition. I feel that my forte lies in my abundant grasp of Chinese phrases, but I am relatively weaker in terms of translation and current affairs knowledge, hence I have already started to prepare myself for the quiz." 

The competition is divided into three stages, namely the preliminary round, semi finals and grand finals. Participants have to be locally enrolled Secondary One to Five students, with no limit to number of representatives sent by each school. 

Due to overwhelming response, the closing date for registration has been extended to 27 March 2015 (Friday). The preliminary round will kick off on 10 April. 

The champion team stands to win $3000 cash and a trophy. The first runner-up will receive $2000 cash, a trophy, and one-year free subscription of Lianhe Zaobao, while the second runner-up will receive $1,000 and a trophy. The 30 students with the highest scores during the preliminary round will each receive an award of $50 and a certificate. All other participants will receive a certificate of participation. 

Interested schools may download the application forms at http://bit.ly/2015NationalCLchallenge. All completed forms should be emailed to chinesechallenge@nygh.edu.sg by 27 March 2015.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information, please contact:


Susan Tan
Assistant Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Media Group
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1902
Email: tanccs@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1028

Email:
 mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

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The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like
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