PSLE too stressful for both students and parents
Last month, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced sweeping moves designed to move away from the narrow focus on examinations and grades. They include removing assessments for Primary 1 and Primary 2 students, as well as information such as pupils’ class and level positions from report books. However, despite the Singapore Parliament having previously debated the scrapping of the “sacred cow” of PSLE, Ong defended the system, saying it is “the most meritocratic, and probably the most fair”. A survey by Singapore-based research agency Blackbox Research last month found that, while over 70 per cent of Singaporeans found the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) to be “meritocratic and fair”, more than three-quarters of them found the exams too stressful for both students and parents. For more of this story, click here.