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Mid-year screening for P1 pupils to be replaced

Published on Sep 11, 2012 6:00 AM
The January assessment, which identifies children who have not acquired basic literacy and numeracy skills by the time they enter Primary 1, will continue. -- ST FILE PHOTO

From next year, Primary 1 pupils will no longer need to participate in a little-known screening exercise used to identify weaker children.

Currently, there are two screening exercises, one in January which is more commonly known, and the other in July. But the mid-year screening exercise will no longer be held. It will be replaced with "better ways" of identifying pupils, said a Ministry of Education spokesman, without giving details.

MOE revealed the change in its reply to a parent who wrote to The Straits Times Forum Page last Friday, and in response to queries from The Straits Times.

The parent, Mr David Chin, 42, a lecturer at Republic Polytechnic, complained that his Primary 1 son was made to take a test without his knowledge or approval in July. The test, according to him, resembles an IQ test.

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