Tag: PSLE

ST Poll: More than half of students who receive tuition begin at age 7 or even younger

Singapore—A new poll commissioned by The Straits Times (ST) has shown that more than half of the students who are enrolled in tuition lessons begin to do so around the same time they start primary school. The poll, which was conducted among 323 pupils,...

WP member asks Ong Ye Kung to look at his own ministry to understand the people’s concerns

Workers' Party member Yee Jenn Jong urged Education Minister Ong Ye Kung to look at his own ministry after the ruling party politician said the Government has to understand the people's concerns. The WP member said this will help the ministry better engage the concerns of...

Scholarships are going mainly to Singaporeans not Indian nationals says MOE

Singapore—On Friday, December 6, the Ministry of Education (MOE) issued a clarification via its Facebook account to explain that contrary to what some may think, financial aid and scholarships have gone to Singaporeans, and not to foreign students. This clarification was issued to counter discussions...

Ho Ching weighs in on PSLE certificate issue, “But why inflict this on the child?”

Singapore—The Chief Executive of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching, has commented an issue that has been in the news lately, about a young girl whose original Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results slip had been withheld due to...

Another mum writes to Ministry of Education on PSLE Math paper, saying, “I do wish you could turn the exam level down a notch”

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung faced a huge backlash after Serene Eng-Yeo, a PSLE-taking student’s mother and adjunct lecturer at a local university wrote in questioning why the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) papers were so difficult,...

Online petition urges MOE to change “overtly unfair” PSLE scoring system

Singapore — Concerned parents launched an online petition urging the Ministry of Education to reconsider the new scoring system of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) for children exempt from studying mother tongue languages (MTLs). Marianne Wee set up the Change.org petition last Saturday (Aug...

Singapore parents face a challenge to change their viewpoint on grades to help relieve pressure on students

Singapore's highly regarded education system is among the best in the world, but it has also created a high-stress and high-pressure environment for children. The obsession with getting good grades, which generally comes from the parents, can take its toll on the kids. In...

PSLE: what are we doing to our children?

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat’s attempts to take some of the stress out of our education system have shied away from a sensitive question: Is the pressure in schools giving our kids mental problems? Statistics on the link between school pressure and psychological problems are...

What MOE has done to our kids

Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat has a tough job: correcting the government’s mistakes in education. Three generations of children have grown up looking at education as a series of exams, starting with the Primary Four gifted programme. Now, he tells us: “Focusing on top scorers...

Boy who exposed- and fought- the education monster

He is Singapore’s role model. He is the boy who fought his way from Normal (Technical) Stream to a place at the National University of Singapore (NUS). David Hoe, 26, has already been featured in two newspapers. My Paper in 2012 and The Sunday Times,...