The Vital Changes to Singapore’s Education System Announced by the Moe

Sep 25, 2019

The issue of the excessive emphasis on grades in the educational system of Singapore needs to tackle by the ‘Life Beyond Grades’ movement. After several years of pleas from the teachers and the parents, the Ministry of Education is paying attention to it. Certain sweeping changes for the education system of Singapore were announced by MOE.

 In fact, there will be more changes in the future. As per Ong Ye Kung, the Education Minister, similar assessments review in the Junior Colleges will be held shortly. These particular changes take the footsteps of the earlier review of ITEs and polytechnics.

 Let’ stake a look at the major changes to the education system in Singapore:

 There won’t be any weighted tests and examinations for Primary 1 & 2:

 The students of Primary 1 and 2 won’t have to give major examinations anymore. They won’t get results or report cards containing marks of the assessments and tests.

 There won’t be any mid-year exams for the students of Secondary 1:

 Since the students of the secondary school are moving from the primary school curriculum, eliminating the mid-year exams will let them get adjusted to the curriculum of secondary school.

 There won’t be any mid-year exams for Primary 3 and 5, and Secondary 3:

 Similar to Secondary 1, these are considered as the transition years when the students are acquainted with the new and more meticulous content. If there won’t be any mid-year exams, the students can concentrate on getting adapted to this content.

 Changes in the result slips:

 Previously, students used to get very scared to inform their parents that they didn’t come first in the class. Now, it won’t happen anymore as the result slips won’t contain the following:

  • The student’s position in the class
  • The student’s position in the standard
  • Progress report:- no more tracking of the exam performance of the students
  • Each subject’s percentile score:- there won’t be any comparison with the peers.
  • Total marks:- Only 1 percentage will be given consideration and it will be rounded up to a whole number.
  • There won’t be any underlining of the fail scores.

Existence of mixed-ability classes:

 The classes’ allocation won’t segregate high progress and low progress any longer, and rather they will be mixed ability.

 Edusave Awards:

 These awards were previously presented to the students who were top scorers. The range was from $200 to $350 for the primary and the secondary students. With the changes to the education system of Singapore, these awards will be presented to the students who can show good learning attitudes. The change is applied to the students of Primary 1 to 3.

 Learning should be made enjoyable for life. The announcement concerning the changes was done by Mr Ong at MOE’s Schools Work Plan Seminar, and stress was given to the point that it was essential. As per him, education in the schools is under threats of becoming very stressful and propounded that the examination results are but the follow-up of education.

 Everything won’t be scrapped though. Certain things will remain like the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), N, O and A Level Exams. These are functional tools for measuring the effectiveness of the learning of the students and makes sure that they have obtained the most out of the education system of Singapore.

The Ministry of Education believes that the preservation of the national exams will buoy up the education quality. There is a hope for the introduction of a curriculum that can instil the joy of learning in the students.

 There is little room for the additional cuts. The last notable curriculum reduction in the education system was done in the year 2005 with the prominent “Teach Less, Learn More” movement. The initiative promoted better engagement in education. The main target was the teachers. MOE has lowered the curriculum content by 20% for giving the teachers more flexibility for tailoring their teaching and engaging with many more students.

 The reduction stopped MOE to bring more changes because there would be a risk of under-teaching.

 The existing improvement:

 MOE has emphasized the commitment to continuously review and refine the system over many years.

 Now, let the hope of producing well-rounded individuals through the use of these measures in Singapore whose success is now being appraised beyond academic achievements. 


 

Summary

The issue of the excessive emphasis on grades in the educational system of Singapore needs to tackle by the ‘Life Beyond Grades’ movement. After several years of pleas from the teachers and the parents, the Ministry of Education is paying attention to it. Certain sweeping changes for the education system of Singapore were announced by MOE.

Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes educational content periodically for MyPrivateTutor Singapore and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got more than 5 years of experience in digital marketing, SEO and graphic designing.

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