The head of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Education, Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan, said that the Primary School Leaving Examination could do with less focus on aggregate scores.
SINGAPORE: The head of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Education, Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan, said that the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) could do with less focus on aggregate scores.
He said that this would take away the stress associated with the examination.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said recently that changes to the PSLE will be announced at the National Day Rally on Sunday.
It is an annual affair that sends the nation’s parents, students and teachers into a frenzy — for many in Singapore, the PSLE has become a high-stakes examination.
Roger Cheong, a parent, said: “Maybe there should not be so much emphasis on PSLE at such a young age… Maybe as a gauge, but there shouldn’t be so so much weightage on it.
The Education Ministry has acknowledged this and embarked on a year-long review sometime in 2012.
Ahead of the announcements of possible changes, some have suggested going back to basics.
Mr Lim said: “I never knew what was my PSLE score. We selected a few schools that we chose and from there, MOE would post us to those schools, based on our performance. So you don’t have to go down to those minute details as to whether you score 270 or 265 or 275.
“You get broad-based results, and from there, you are allocated schools of your choice. It may not be the exact school of your choice, but it may be a group of schools that you choose and all of them are in the same category.”
Mr Lim also hoped to see more places set aside for the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise, where students apply to secondary schools based on their achievements and talents before the release of their PSLE results.