Tag: PSLE

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,...