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Record 1,700 students take part in National Chinese Challenge 2017

Singapore, 30 March 2017 --- National Chinese Challenge (NCC), a nationwide Chinese language quiz for students, has set a new record with 1,700 students from 74 schools taking part this year. 

The quiz, which is jointly organised by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Chinese Media Group and Nanyang Girls’ High School, will kick off with preliminary rounds on 1 April. Last year, over 1,300 students from 65 schools participated in the quiz. 

Back for the fourth year, the national quiz aims to promote Chinese culture and cultivate the interest in learning Chinese amongst students through a fun competition. The quiz allows students with a good grasp of Chinese language and culture to challenge themselves and pit their knowledge against one another for the championship trophy. It has both Primary School and Secondary School categories. 

The competition will test participants on their knowledge of the Chinese language which includes translation skills of commonly used terms from English to Chinese, Chinese proverbs and idioms through pictures, pronunciation, literature, current affairs and general knowledge.

The top four schools with the highest scores from the preliminary round on 1 April will enter the semi-finals and finals on21 April. Each team will consist of four students, including one reserve participant. Only one non-Singaporean student is allowed in each team.

All participants at the preliminaries will enjoy 2 weeks of free digital access to SPH's Chinese publications including Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News.

NCC is co-presented by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), National Translation Committee (NTC) and Promote Mandarin Council (PMC) with MaxToon and Rings TV as partners, and Our Tampines Hub as the venue partner.

Details of Event

Preliminaries : Saturday, 1 April 2017 @ Nanyang Girls' High School
Semi-Finals & Finals: Friday, 21 April 2017 @ Our Tampines Hub

Visit the following links for more information about the event: 
Primary School Category:
Secondary School Category:

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


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 their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries 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-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3 and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd). 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. 
* Nielsen Media Index 2016, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like and in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format digital screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Other Businesses

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SPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds,Trezo), sgCarMart and StreetSine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classifieds business has a number of leading online classifieds sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 


SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

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