SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) will stop listing the top—scoring students in all national examinations.
The ministry told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday that it will stop the current practice of listing the top students for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), and the "O" and "N" Level examinations.
MOE began providing a list of top students in 1999 but has never indicated the top scorers for the "A" Level examination.
Ahead of the release of the results of this year’s PSLE on Thursday, MOE said the focus will be on the performance of the whole cohort.
This is in line with the importance of recognising the students for their holistic development and all—round excellence.
Amid the current debate on the pressure the PSLE exerts on parents and students, MOE hopes the change will balance the over—emphasis on academic results.
MOE said this does not mean that academic achievement will no longer be celebrated.
Students who have done well academically will still receive recognition for their hard work, such as through the Edusave Awards and scholarships.
At the school level, schools may continue to celebrate their students’ achievements to recognise their students’ efforts and to use this platform for students to express their appreciation to teachers and parents.
MOE hopes that this change will enable it to foster a better balance in emphasis and help parents and students understand that academic performance is just one aspect of a student’s overall development and progress.
MOE stressed that each student deserves to be commended for his or her effort and progress.
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Think for yourselves, please. Releasing the names of top performers DOESN'T put more pressure on students and it DOESN'T drive primary school children to suicide... It is PARENTS who are responsible for doing that.
So what if MOE continues to publicize the top students? If parents decide not to pay any attention to it, the negative effect on their kids would be negligible. ZERO.
I guess all you supporters of this move must similarly support the Govt withholding information about Temasek's investments, our CPF funds, and the Internal Security Act. Hey, as long as we don't know stuff, it can't hurt us right?
The primary school registration scheme must be completely revamped if we truly want a level starting point for our children and do away with the stress of choosing a school for them. Only a child with sibling in the school be allowed direct entry. All others are to be registered according to how close are their homes from the schools of their choice. In this way we can have a more diverse cohorts.
It is the people that make up any organization.
If there is no good or bad school, does it mean
1. there is no good and bad principal?
2. there is no good and bad teacher?
3 there is no good and bad student?
Then why rank there? It is just matter of opinion.
If we expand the same thinking then there is
1. good or bad companies?
2 good or bad employer?
3. good or bad employee?
4. good or back government?
5 good or bad minister?
6 good or bad tuition centre/teacher?
7. good and bad maid?
Then why are we making so much noise?
I'm not sure why people are supporting this; any move by the Govt to make information less transparent is NEVER good.
No one can guarantee in future that if your child holds a Degree holder, can be successful & rich, nor if he/she’s a ITE/Diploma holder will be in low paid jobs. Many years ago, when we went to school to take our “O” level, some didn’t make it to University & went to local Polytechnic to take up some Engineering courses. Few years later, that person could be working as Project Manager or Senior Engineer, drawing monthly salary of SG$4-6K. Is he considered unsuccessful since he did not have a Degree? Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”. Our lifetime experiences shouldn’t be limited to only certificates alone, but a complete learning lifetime experiences.
In few cases, some higher educated people stopped to learn when they think they have know more, and instead some lower educated people can shows much positive learning altitude, look around your workplace and maybe you can find some. The day we died is the day we stopped learning. Isn’t it the case?
BTW, there are no GOOD or BAD schools, except only LAZY or HARDWORKING students. Some "BAD" or not-so-good resulted schools you called, do produce top "O" levels student, take a look at past few years newspaper.
I will be collecting my PSLE results later, Good luck to all P6s! [22/11/2012, 11:15am]